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March 31, 2024

What is a Bone Spur?

Bone Spur

A bone spur is a “bump” or corner of bone that causes either direct or indirect pain. Bone spurs develop along the edge of the bones, usually where the bones meet at the affected joint. Because the foot has 30 joints, it is one of the most common areas for developing bone spurs.

More specifically, bone spurs typically develop on the bottom of the heel (bone spur heel), on top of the foot (bone spur on top of foot), outside of the foot, inside of the foot, and on the toes. Pain can range from dull to sharp depending on the level of irritation and compression of the nerves being pressed between the bone spur and enclosed shoes.

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How We Treat Bone Spurs

Bone Spur Pain in Feet

If a patient’s bone spur condition is negatively impacting their everyday life, they can either opt for conservative options such as lifestyle readjustments, or surgical treatment. To decide the best route of care, the patient’s current lifestyle, age, and particular foot issues need to be taken into consideration. If conservative treatment fails, the patient can either choose to explore surgical options or decide to opt out of additional treatment.

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Conservative Bone Spur Treatment Options

Bone spurs can be treated with conservative methods instead of surgery, including the following:

Wear Different Shoes

One method of conservative treatment for painful bone spurs is to wear a larger and softer shoe. A different shoe can relieve the direct or indirect relieve pressure caused by bone spurs.

Treat Corns and Calluses

If the friction from your bone spurs is causing a callus or corn on your toe spur, consider reduction and temporary relief by shaving or consistent filing. Over-the-counter corn removal pads are available, but use caution when treating corns and calluses with these medications since they contain a type of acid that can cause infection if used in excess.

Arch Support

Temporary arch supports for custom orthotics can help to minimize the pressure placed on the bone spur, and also can reposition the foot to eliminate the discomfort. These devices are great as a long-term solution without choosing surgical intervention.

Surgical Treatment for Bone Spurs

Surgery for a bone spur condition depends on the location and related condition. Procedures are performed in an outpatient facility with the patient under sedation, or the office with the patient under local anesthesia. Recovery time varies from a few days to a few weeks depending on the patient.

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Insurance Coverage for Bone Spur / Top Bump Surgery

When considering bone spur surgery or Top Bump Surgery, it's crucial to understand the insurance coverage options available. Coverage can vary significantly between insurance providers and plans, making it essential to verify the specifics of your insurance coverage.

Our office is available to assist with navigating insurance queries and can help in providing the necessary documentation to your insurance company to facilitate the coverage process.

Why Choose Us

Choosing the right clinic for treating your bone spurs is paramount to your recovery and overall health. Here's why we stand out:

Expert Team

Our team consists of highly trained and experienced professionals specializing in foot surgery and bone spur surgery. We stay updated with the latest surgical treatments and non-invasive techniques to ensure you receive the best care.

Comprehensive Care

From diagnosis to post-surgery rehabilitation, we offer a full spectrum of care. Our services include physical therapy to aid in recovery, reducing the need for prolonged medication use and enhancing the healing process.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Equipped with the latest medical technology, our clinics are designed to provide efficient and effective treatment, including bone spur removal surgery and care for related conditions like achilles tendon issues, heel bone discomfort, and flat feet.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Recognizing that each patient's condition is unique, we craft personalized treatment plans that address the specific needs and goals of our patients, ensuring optimal outcomes.

Insurance Assistance

Navigating insurance coverage can be daunting. Our team is here to assist with insurance verification and ensure you understand your benefits and coverage for treating bone spurs.

Patient Education

We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge. Understanding your condition, treatment options, and preventative measures plays a key role in the successful recovery and prevention of future bone spurs.

In Summary

  1. Bone spurs are bony projections that develop on the edges of two or more bones, often affecting the foot due to its complex structure. They can cause a range of discomfort, significantly impacting daily life. Treatment options include conservative measures such as changing footwear, using arch supports, and in cases where these methods are insufficient, opting for bone spur surgery.
  2. The choice of treatment is based on the individual's specific circumstances, with recovery from surgery generally taking a few weeks. Our clinic provides comprehensive care for bone spurs, from diagnosis through to recovery, including both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
  3. We prioritize patient education, personalized treatment plans, and support navigating insurance coverage, aiming to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and restore mobility effectively. Addressing bone spurs with appropriate care prevents further complications and leads to a significant improvement in the quality of life for our patients.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.


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How long does it take to recover from a bone spur surgery?

Recovery from bone spur surgery can take 2 to 4 weeks. Recovering from a bone spur is relatively short and depends on where the surgery is performed with the spinal cord. Sutures can be removed after 2 and it will take approximately 2 more weeks to get back into shoes comfortably.

Do bone spurs require surgery?

Not all bone spurs require surgery. Some bone spurs are only found on X-rays, while other bone spurs can be felt directly on the body.

Do bone spurs keep growing?

Yes, bone spurs continue to enlarge or keep growing depending upon the forces placed upon them.

Do bone spurs grow back after surgery?

Bone spurs do not commonly grow back after surgery. If they do, there is usually a bone recalcification issue or other forces that contribute to its return.

Does being overweight cause bone spurs?

No, being overweight does not cause bone spurs. Excessive force to a structure due to being overweight can cause a spur formation though.

What shoes should I wear with bone spurs?

Some good shoes to wear with bone spurs include looser shoes with no laces or binding pressure on the top of the foot. Backless shoes or sandals are also great styles to wear that avoid placing pressure on the back of the heel.

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