There are many places in the foot where bone spurs can develop. One person
might have pain from a spur, while another might not feel anything. Some spurs
are obvious, like the ones on the top of the foot, whereas most can’t be seen. The
only way to discover any of the following types of spurs is an x-ray.
The most notable bone spur is the one that can develop on the bottom of the
heel. What’s most interesting about this spur is that it rarely causes pain. When
someone has pain in the heel it would make sense that if a spur is present that
would be the cause of the pain. Many years ago, heel spurs would be removed
but the pain remained. We now know that the spur isn’t the main problem.
The back of the heel is another common place for a bone spur. These spurs can
get quite large. They form close to where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel
bone. Pain from this spur can occur from shoe pressure. Some people have to
wear open-back footwear to alleviate pain from this spur.
A bone spur can develop under a toenail. These typically make the toenail hurt
when shoes rub against it. A spur under the nail needs to be surgically removed to
relieve the pain.
Bone spurs can form on the smaller toes. These can hurt if toes rub against each
other. Trying some padding is recommended first, but if that doesn’t work surgery
is needed. These types of spurs can often be removed in the office. The little toe
is a common place for one of these spurs, especially when this toe is partially
curled toward the next toe.
The most obvious bone spur is found on the top of the foot near the arch. Some
people have had non-painful spurs in this area their entire lives. Certain shoes can
cause pain on these spurs. A shooting pain can occur from pressure on a nerve
that overlies this spur. A procedure to remove this spur is indicated if pain occurs
on a consistent basis. Many of these spurs are left alone as long as they don’t cause pain
If you are in pain, get in to see us quickly!