Our feet always seem to get the short end of the stick. They support us all day and get us from place to place. After all they do, we continue to shove them into ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes and often ignore little aches and pains that crop up.
Our feet rarely complain much, but after years of abuse, they sometimes just cannot take anymore. After years of repetitive pressure or rubbing in a certain area, the bones in your feet may retaliate by growing extra bone.
The body is naturally trying to cushion itself against chronic irritation, but the result is a painful bone spur.
What Are Bone Spurs?
Bone spurs are often found in the feet, as numerous joints, tendons, and ligaments work hard to keep you upright and mobile all day for years on end. Couple the daily stress of movement with poorly fitting shoes, and foot bones are often forced to protect themselves by growing extra bone.
Unfortunately, these growths—known as bone spurs—can be a source of great pain and discomfort when in the feet. Feet do not have much soft tissue to “hide” the bone spur, so the pain is much more noticeable than it would be somewhere else in the body.
Where Are Common Spots for Foot Bone Spurs to Occur?
Because your foot contains so many bones—26 bones in each foot—there are numerous place where a bone spur could occur. There are some common places where spurs do tend to pop up, however:
On your heel. One of the most common areas for a bone spur to occur in feet is on the back or bottom of your heel. Heel spurs on the bottom of your heel are most commonly associated with plantar fasciitis, while spurs on the back of your heel typically aggravate your Achilles tendon.
- On top of your foot. Another common area for bone spurs, the top of your foot receives much of the pressure from poorly-fitted shoes. From work boots laced too tightly to the latest in strappy, high-heeled fashion, this area rarely gets a break from pressure and rubbing, which results in the spur growth.
- On the outside of your foot. On the outer edge of your foot, halfway between your little toe and your heel, there is something called a styloid process which is actually the base of your toe. Here, a powerful tendon links your foot to your ankle and lower leg; repetitive stress to this tendon can lead to a bone spur growth here.
- On the ball of your foot. A common area for bone spur growth, the ball of your foot can be one of the more painful places to have a bone spur. People suffering from a hammertoe will often notice bone spur growth on the ball of that particular foot.
- On or between your toes. Bone spurs found between the fourth and fifth toes are often the result of a hammertoe, while spurs found on the side of the big toe can usually be attributed to a bunion.
What Can You Do About Your Bone Spurs?
Bone spurs can be anything from slightly bothersome to wildly painful, and your treatment should reflect the severity of your pain. For spurs that are not too severe, special pads or orthotics can be used to minimize the pain that they cause. For spurs that cause serious pain or are interfering with tendons and ligaments, a simple surgical procedure can remove the growth.
At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, we strive to find a treatment that is the perfect fit for you. Dr. Silvester and his team can evaluate your spurs and work with you to discover the best course of action. If you are ready to address your bone spur pain, call our office today at 855-972-9512 today to schedule a consultation.