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Foot Bump Detective Time

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Bone spurs could be what those bumps on the top of your feet are.Detective stories have been a classic genre for a few hundred years now, including such greats as the Sherlock Holmes stories in the late 1800s and the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie in the early 20th century. People enjoy a good mystery: following the clues, ruling out suspects, discovering the culprit, and so forth. Sometimes detective work is exactly what you need to diagnose a foot issue. Problems like a bony bump on the top of the foot could be many different things. Following the “clues” helps you get an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment.

A hard, bony bump is usually a bone spur. This is simply excess bone tissue that grows outward and creates a lump you can feel. Sometimes this causes pain, particularly when you’re wearing shoes or otherwise pressing on the raised spot. You might notice stiffness in your foot, too, particularly if the problem is around a joint. You develop this bump on the top of your foot for many different reasons:

  • Abnormal Motion in a Joint – Abnormal biomechanics may wear on bones and encourage spur growth, especially if there’s already arthritis there. This is most common on top of the big toe, though the front of the ankle can also develop the problem.
  • Trauma – After a fracture or dislocation, especially if it was severe or multiple injuries happened in the same place, the bones may be prone to bumps and extra growth.
  • Bone Diseases – Bone infections and tumors may create hard bumps.
  • Normal Aging – As you get older, your bones sometimes develop little extra tissue in small bumps.
Each of these potential culprits leaves behind various “clues” or symptoms to help experts like Dr. Darren Silvester and our team at Next Step Foot& Ankle Center in Pleasanton, TX, diagnose it. Exactly where on the top of the foot the growth develops may narrow down the potential suspects. Your biomechanics, previous injuries, or signs of infection can all point toward an accurate diagnosis. Let us help you get the care you need. Use our website to make an appointment with us, or call our office at (830) 569-3338.
7 Comments:
I have the exact same thing ( bony hard like bump that doesn’t move) it doesn’t hurt but it does kind of feel as if it’s getting bigger is that normal?
Posted by Monica Lyons on April 5, 2019 at 02:27 PM
I have this exact bump. I have had it years but now I can barely wear any shoes that cover the top of the foot. Can this be removed ? So frustrating !
Posted by Susie on April 4, 2019 at 10:37 PM
I have a bump on my right foot just like on the spot on the picture above. Initially it does not hurt but lately once in a while it hurts. I have no problem walking. It's just the pain. What can I do to relieve the pain. Can I make the lump disappear.
Posted by Funmi Shoneye on March 18, 2019 at 08:37 AM
I have a bony knot on the top of my foot no pain but when touched or pushed on sends tinglingish type feeling in my toes.
Posted by Chelle on March 12, 2019 at 11:40 PM
I have one on my foot I'm not sure if it's bony I'm only 11 so I'm not sure if it's that but it's starting to hurt when I don't have shoes or socks on but it's really tiny
Posted by Anyomonous on February 19, 2019 at 12:29 AM
I have the exact same thing ( bony hard like bump that doesn’t move) it doesn’t hurt but it does kind of feel as if it’s getting bigger is that normal?
Posted by Alisha Thompson on October 7, 2018 at 07:30 PM
I have pain on the top of my foot whoever I wear a shoe that covers the area, i.e. athletic shoes. I have laced my shoes to elevate this but now after 10 years it doesn't seem to make a difference. Even wearing a sock hurts. The pain radiates down into the metatarsal bones. It's difficult to see in the X-ray if there is a bone spur. Even the Dr. said that. My podiatrist wants to do surgery to shave off the top of the bump. I'm not certain that this will eliminate the pain in the metatarsal. Is this a normal surgery to do when the top of your foot hurts?
Posted by Johnnie Marie Urban on August 11, 2017 at 07:02 PM

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