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Causes and Treatments for Bone Spurs

How your podiatrist in Tyler can help with bone spurs

If you feel a sharp pain in your foot, especially your heel, there is a good chance you might have a bone or heel spur. Bone spurs are bone spurscaused by excessive strain on the ligaments and muscles in your foot. Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the band of tissue running across your heel, can also result in bone spurs. Dr. James Kent, at East Texas Foot & Ankle Center, your podiatrist in Tyler, Texas, wants to help heal your pain once and for all.

You can get a bone spur from walking too much, especially if you are wearing poorly-fitting or worn out shoes. Your podiatrist in Tyler wants you to know you are also at higher risk of bone spurs if you:

  • Are a runner, tennis player or volleyball player
  • Do aerobics or stair climbing
  • Have flat feet or are a diabetic
  • Are pregnant or obese
  • Wear high heels or tight shoes

Bone or heel spurs may or may not cause pain or restriction of motion, depending on where they are located. If you have bone spurs that don’t cause pain, they may not require any treatment. However, if your bone spurs are pressing on nerves, they can cause severe pain and restricted motion.

Your podiatrist in Tyler may suggest:

  • Over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen
  • Prescription pain medication for severe pain
  • Resting and taking weight off of your foot
  • Icing the area to reduce swelling

If your bone spurs are compressing nerves and limiting your range-of-motion, your podiatrist may suggest surgical removal of the bone spurs. If you also have plantar fasciitis, surgical treatment to loosen the fascia may be recommended in severe cases.

To prevent bone spurs, it’s important to always wear shoes with plenty of support and room for your feet. Always wear the appropriate footwear for the activity you are doing, and do some stretching exercises before you begin your activity. Stretch your arches, and rotate your ankles to increase flexibility.

Don’t wait to treat your feet! Your feet carry you through your life, so if you suffer from bone spur pain it can dramatically impact your life. If you think you might be suffering bone spur pain, it’s time to call Dr. James Kent, at East Texas Foot & Ankle Center, your podiatrist in Tyler, Texas. Call today and ease your pain!

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