A bone spur, also known as an osteophyte, is an abnormal growth of bone that occurs when the body attempts to correct a problem.
Bone spurs can develop on any bone, but they are most common in high-impact areas such as the feet.
Bone spurs form when pressure or stress is applied to a bone on a regular basis for an extended period of time.
If you have a condition that causes local inflammation, such as degenerative arthritis or tendonitis, you're more likely to develop foot bone spurs.
The most common symptom of a bone spur in the foot is pain, but symptoms vary depending on the location and size of the bone spur.
Bone spurs in the midfoot usually appear as a lump or callus on the top of the foot.
The majority of bone spurs in the feet are painless and are discovered by chance while examining other conditions.
The most common imaging tool for detecting bone spurs is X-rays.
The size and location of your bone spurs, as well as the symptoms they cause, will determine how they are treated.
If you have a non-painful lump on your foot that has been diagnosed as a bone spur, you can usually ignore it.
OTC anti-inflammatory medication: Because foot pain is the most common symptom of a bone spur, OTC anti-inflammatory medication is frequently used to treat pain and inflammation.
If your orthopedic surgeon believes the bone spur is causing your pain, they may remove it as part of another procedure, such as bunion surgery.
Bone spurs in the foot that go untreated can harm the joint and the tissues that surround it.
Treatment of the underlying causes of your bone spur can help to prevent further damage and the formation of bone spurs.
Bone spurs can be excruciatingly painful, limiting your mobility and interfering with your daily activities.
The majority of bone spurs can be treated with non-invasive methods such as rest, ice, orthotics, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication.
Read the original article "Bone Spurs in the Feet: What Causes Them and How to Treat Them" at https://www.verywellhealth.com/bone-spur-on-big-toe-5104764
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