Pronounced pieces of bone known as bone spurs can grow within your foot over time, and cause pain and difficulty engaging in regular physical activities. In many cases, patients can alleviate bone spur symptoms by using medication, custom orthotics, or undergoing physical therapy. However, in some instances when pain is severe, patients may opt to have the growth removed entirely. Dr. Chanda J. Corbin is board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and serves as an instructor and physician at Beaumont Medical Center providing skilled bone spur treatment to patients in Romeo, MI. Her mastery of surgical and conservative podiatric care allows her to provide accurate diagnoses and treatment to not only care for your condition while serving your best interests.
What are Bone Spurs?
Also known as osteophytes, bone spurs are growths of protruding bone that can occur along the edges of bone. The often occur at the joints or where tendons and ligaments attach to the bone. They commonly develop at the top of the foot, the arch, the heel, or toes.
In some cases, patients may live with no knowledge of a bone spur, while others may experience painful symptoms, loss of motion, or even a torn ligament or tendon. Those suffering from prolonged pain should seek treatment.
Causes of Bone Spurs
Bone spurs occur when a new bone is formed to protect bones that have been rubbing against one another due to the destruction of cartilage or inflammation. These bone growths are often caused by prolonged rubbing of the bone. Common conditions associated with bone spurs in the foot include:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Hallux Limitus
- Hallux Rigidus
Patients who have suffered an injury to a joint may be more susceptible to developing osteoarthritis which can eventually lead to bone spurs. Additionally, those who participate in activities that tend to lead to the excessive strain on joints or tendons may also face an increased risk. Some patients may also be genetically predisposed to this condition.
As heel or joint pain may be indicative of several foot conditions, Dr. Corbin will complete an detailed evaluation to determine the exact cause of your discomfort. After reviewing your medical history, the doctor will examine your feet.
Dr. Corbin will then discuss your interpretation of the pain and have you detail your discomfort. This information is essential to recommending the most appropriate treatment. X-rays will also be reviewed to determine whether bone spurs are present and where they have developed. Additional evaluation using an MRI may also be necessary if it is believed that bone spurs have caused a tear in tendons or ligaments.
Treating Bone Spurs
Once Dr. Corbin has been able to pinpoint the cause and location of your condition, she can recommend treatment options. The determination of treatment is not simply based on whether there is a bone spur. Since other conditions are often involved in the growth of bone spurs, treatment is customized for each patient to address the root issue and pain to provide effective relief.
Dr. Corbin's mastery of surgical and conservative podiatric care allows her to provide accurate diagnoses and treatment.
Often, the best solution may be a combination of methods such as physical therapy, bracing, orthotics, or cortisone injections. If your symptoms cannot be controlled through conservative options, surgical removal of your bone spurs may be the best course of action.
Dr. Corbin strives to provide the most advanced solutions for her patients, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This process can expedite recovery of torn ligaments or tendons by injecting platelets that have been extracted from your blood.
Trusted Bone Spur Care
Contact us online or call us at (586) 372-7200 to schedule your consultation. Whether you and Dr. Corbin determine that surgical or non-surgical treatment is best for you, you can feel confident that you will receive the highest level of care.
Do not let foot and ankle problems slow you down. Put your best foot forward with the professionals at Washington Foot and Ankle. Call (586) 372-7200 to make a same-day appointment or schedule online. We will be more than happy to help you get back on your feet.