Bone spurs, medically referred to as osteophytes, are tiny projections that develop on the edges of bones. They can occur in any part of the body but are especially common in the joints. When they develop in the foot or ankle, they can cause discomfort and impact mobility. Alliance Orthopedics is dedicated to helping patients understand, manage, and treat these bone spurs to ensure they can lead pain-free lives.
Causes of Foot or Ankle Bone Spurs
Bone spurs in the foot or ankle typically develop as the body attempts to repair itself by building extra bone. They often form in response to pressure, friction, or stress that continues over a long time. Alliance Orthopedics will assist you in determining the cause of your bone spurs. Some common causes include:
Flat feet or fallen arches
Injury or trauma to the joint
Overuse or repetitive stress on the joint
Symptoms of Foot or Ankle Bone Spurs
Not everyone with bone spurs experiences symptoms. When they do occur, the symptoms are typically the result of the spur pressing or rubbing against other bones or soft tissues, causing inflammation. Some common symptoms associated with foot or ankle bone spurs include:
Pain and tenderness in the affected area
Limited range of motion in the joint
Swelling or stiffness in the joint
Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot or ankle
Treatment Options for Foot or Ankle Bone Spurs
At Alliance Orthopedics, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to your specific needs to manage and alleviate discomfort caused by foot or ankle bone spurs. These treatments aim to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and enhance mobility. Treatment options may depend on the location, size of the spur, and the severity of the symptoms. While some cases may be managed with conservative methods, surgical intervention may be necessary in more severe cases. Let’s explore the various treatment options for managing foot or ankle bone spurs.
Physical Therapy: Specific exercises can help to alleviate pain and improve foot function.
Shoe Modifications: Wearing shoes with ample cushioning or using custom orthotic inserts can reduce symptoms.
Padding or Strapping: These can help to reduce the pressure on the spur and alleviate pain.
Bone Spur Removal: The surgeon removes the spur to alleviate pressure and pain.
Joint Fusion: In cases where arthritis has caused joint instability, the affected bones can be fused to provide stability.
At Alliance Orthopedics, our skilled orthopedic surgeons and therapists are well-equipped to diagnose and treat foot or ankle bone spurs. Through a comprehensive evaluation, we provide tailored treatment plans to meet individual needs and ensure optimal recovery. If you suspect you have a bone spur or are experiencing foot or ankle pain, don’t hesitate to contact Alliance Orthopedics. Let us help you get back on your feet.