Getting to the bottom of Bone Spurs
When it comes to our bodies, a lot can go wrong. Luckily however, most of us live relatively healthy lives, with few medical complications. This is good, however we aren’t always prepared to handle new pains or potential problems. As a result, we may worry about something, which is in fact nothing, or ignore a serious problem.
One potential problem that has a lot of people confused is Bone Spurs. Though Bone Spurs can occur all over the body, they are particularly unpleasant when they occur on the top of the foot. Let is get to the bottom of this and figure out what they are, where they come from, and how you can handle them. With any luck, we will find a solution to an annoying pain.
So, what are Bone Spurs?
Bone Spurs are the result of the body repairing damage to the bone. Whenever a section of bone is worn down or injured in some way, a bone spur may develop as a natural way to heal the damage. Though Bone Spurs are known to frequently occur in the shoulders, legs, spine, and knees, Bone Spurs become a problem when they are in places where there is a lot of wear and tare, like on the feet.
A Bone Spurs is normally not shaped like a spur, but is rather a smooth and rounded mass attached to the bone. When next to ligaments, tendons, soft tissues or nerves however, having this small addition can cause pain and ruin plans.
What are the causes of Bone Spurs?
Bone Spurs, as stated before, mainly occur when bone attempts to repair some kind of damage done to it. The damage can result from numerous sources, including typical forms that include prolonged pressure, rubbing, and even stress.
Bone Spurs also occur as a result of aging. Cartilage covers the ends of our bones, and allows for easy, pain free movements. As we get older, this cartilage breaks down. The response from our body is to then deal with this by forming bone spurs.
When it comes to our feet, there are a few particular sources of Bone Spurs. First, wearing poor fitting shoes for extended periods of time cane cause enough damage to the foot to bring about the formation of Bone Spurs. In addition, being overweight adds extra pressure to all parts of the foot. Prolonged pressure creates Bone Spurs. Finally, Bone Spurs can result from the ligaments in the foot being tight. This comes from some specific kinds of exercising, like dancing or running.
What process creates Bone Spurs in the feet?
One way that Bone Spurs form is through extended stress to the plantar fascilitis, or long ligament on the bottom of the foot. Any of the above factors can cause tightness around the heel and eventual inflammation. The bone spur results from the bone trying to heal itself. This can then result in additional pain, especially if the Bone Spurs are on the top or bottom of the foot where contact with shoes are continuous. A particularly well-known example includes the ‘pump bump’ a bump that appears on the bottom of the heel of women who wear high heels continuously.
How do I know if I have Bone Spurs on my feet?
The easiest way to tell is to take of your shoes and socks, and examine your feet with your hands. Run your hand over the top and bottom of your foot. You’re your hands, feel where the bones in the foot are, and see if you can find any small bumps sticking out. These may not be very noticeable. Look for a gradual rise and fall in what would otherwise be a straight bone.
What symptoms should I watch out for?
For your foot pain to be caused by Bone Spurs, the pain has to be localized. The pain has to be a result of the inflammation around the Bone Spurs. Run your hands to the source of the pain in your foot and see if you can localize it. Is the pain centered around a small bump you can feel with your fingers? If so, you may have a Bone Spur.
What can I do to alleviate the pain?
The easiest and most immediate thing you can do is to stop walking with whatever shoes you normally use. Bone Spurs can become inflamed because your shoes are to tight. Try loosening them, or purchasing another pair that doesn’t hit the area around the Bone Spur. In addition, you can apply ice to reduce the inflammation around the Bone Spur. Finally, try massaging the area before and after extended walks. If the pain persists, then think about seeing a doctor for a professional medical opinion. Living with Bone Spurs on your feet can be a hassle, but they shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your life.