Posted On: September 9, 2020
Bone spurs are hard bumps or extra bony projections that form along the edges of bones at the insertion of a tendon or other soft tissue attachments to the bone. Some of the more common areas for bone spurs in the foot occur at the insertion of the plantar fascia to the calcaneus. This normally causes heel pain, although the underlying cause of pain is not from the bone spur itself, but instead from the chronic pulling of the tight fascia.
Another common area for bone spurs to occur in the foot is at the insertion of the achilles tendon into the calcaneus. This typically causes pain on the back of the heel or can lead to Plantar Fasciitis.
One of the more common areas for a bone spur to occur on top of the foot is at the 1st metatarsal cuniform joint or at the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint. Joint damage associated with osteoarthritis is the major cause of bone spurs. You may have bone spurs and not know because most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may be unable to detect.
Bone spurs may not require treatment. Treatment may only be required if the bone spurs cause foot or heel pain, affecting your ability to wear shoe gear.
Bone spurs can be undetected for years. You may not know that you have bone spurs unless an x-ray is used to reveal it.
Symptoms that you may experience depend on the location of the bone spurs.
Bone spurs can also show common signs and symptoms which include: