Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. Also called osteophytes, bone spurs often form where bones meet each other, in your joints. The main cause of bone spurs is the wear-and-tear damage associated with osteoarthritis. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may go undetected for years. Bone spurs may not require treatment. Decisions about treatment depend on where spurs are located and how they affect your overall health and activity level.
The main cause of bone spurs is the wear and tear damage associated with osteoarthritis. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones, your body attempts to repair that loss by creating bone spurs near the damaged area. The extra bone attempts to help increase the amount of surface area for load bearing while weight bearing.
Corey's Bootery Certified Pedorthist Recommendations:
In patients that present with bone spurs, we recommend the folllowing; If your bone spurs are causing pain, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen (Aleve, others). Bone spurs that limit you joints range of motion or irritate nerves within the body may require surgical removal. If you suspect you have bone spurs, we recommend a consultation with the appropriate Physician based on the location of the bone spur. Please click here for a list of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area providers.