04 Jul Bone Spurs
What are Bone Spurs?
Bone or Heel spurs are bony projections that develop along bone edges. Bone spurs (osteophytes) often form where bones meet each other — in your joints. They can also form on the bones of your spine.
The main cause of bone spurs is joint damage associated with osteoarthritis. Most spurs cause no symptoms and can go undetected for years. They might not require treatment. If treatment is needed, it depends on where they are located and how they affect your health.
Most spurs cause no signs or symptoms. You might not realize you have them until an X-ray for another condition reveals the growths. In some cases, though, bone spurs can cause pain and loss of motion in your joints.
Specific symptoms depend on where the bone spurs are. Examples include:
- Knee. Spurs in your knee can make it painful to extend and bend your leg.
- Spine. On your vertebrae, spurs can narrow the space that contains your spinal cord. These spurs can pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots and can cause weakness or numbness in your arms or legs.
- Hip. Spurs can make it painful to move your hip, although you might feel the pain in your knee. Depending on their placement, bone spurs can reduce the range of motion in your hip joint.
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have pain or swelling in one or more joints or if you have difficulty moving a joint.
Joint damage from osteoarthritis is the most common cause of bone spurs. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones, your body attempts to repair the loss by creating spurs near the damaged area.
Take a look at these tips and exercises that can help ease some of the pain associated with bone or heel spurs. Heel Spur Exercises at WikiHow.
Remember to contact your Podiatrist immediately if you experience swelling in one or more joins or if you have difficulty moving any joints in your feet, ankles, or limbs.