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Foot Bone Spurs Treatment in Houston

Bone Spurs

Bone projections that develop on the bone edges are called bone spurs. As it is, they are not painful; however it is when they rub against surrounding nerves and bones that they cause pain. Bone spurs are called osteophytes and can develop on any bone, especially where bones meet other like in joints and your spine. They can also be found where ligaments and tendons connect with bones.

Symptoms

Usually bone spurs go undetected for years as they don’t produce any symptoms. The only way you know you have spurs is when you take an x-ray for some other condition. Treatment for spurs depends on its location, and if it causes pain or loss of motion in joints. Spurs produce different results when they grow in different joints of the body.

Causes

Spurs usually occur with some other disease or condition like osteoarthritis. It is also the hallmark of other conditions like plantar fasciitis, spondylosis and spinal stenosis. Sometimes, bone spurs form on their own as a part of aging.

Sometimes bones are produced by the body to give stability to aging joints by redistributing weight to protect areas where there is possible cartilage breakdown. Sometimes spurs break off from the larger bone to become loose bodies which float in your joint or embed in the joint lining.

Diagnosis

You have to visit your doctor when you find pain and swelling in one or more joints, and if you find it difficult moving joints. Doctors will conduct physical exams to find out where your pain comes from. Sometimes they may feel bone spurs, and sometimes not.

So to confirm a diagnosis, the doctor will suggest x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

Treatment

Bones spurs don’t have any specific treatment. If you don’t feel any pain or restriction of joint movements, you won’t need any treatment. If you need treatment, it is usually directed at the underlying problem to prevent more damage. If there is pain, you may be recommended over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain.

In case the bone spurs limit your motion and restrict your daily activities, you may have to undergo surgery. The surgical options you have depend on the location of your bone spar and its underlying condition.

Bone spur surgeries are generally done in an open procedure so that the surgeon opens the skin around the joint to access it. Sometimes, spurs may also be removed arthroscopically with the help of several small incisions for inserting a tiny camera and special surgical tools.

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