Bone Spur Correction

Diagnosis

"Bone spur" is a general term used to describe a knobby, abnormal bone growth. Bone spurs are also known as osteophytes. Bone spurs occur because of osteoarthritis or when the body tries to heal itself after a trauma by replacing bone. The growth is usually small and often undetected.

A heel spur is a bone growth on the heel bone. It is usually located on the underside of the heel bone where it attaches to the plantar fascia, a long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot.

This connective tissue holds the arch together and acts as a shock absorber during activity. If the plantar fascia is over-stretched from running, wearing poor-fitting shoes, or being overweight, pain can result from the stress and inflammation of the tissue pulling on the bone.

Over time, the body builds extra bone in response to this stress resulting in heel spurs.

Treatment

Treatment options may include:

  • rest
  • cold packs
  • anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen
  • proper stretching prior to activity
  • proper footwear or shoe inserts
  • corticosteroid injections
  • surgery (for more severe, prolonged conditions) 

After Surgery/Recovery

Physical Therapy is a critical part of complete recovery. Our doctors recommend DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you, click here

 

Expert Ankle Physicians

Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialists 


Britta Anderson, DO (Offices in Warren, Detroit, Plymouth & Farmington Hills)
Tariq Awan, DO (Offices in Detroit, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Sadiq Haque, DO (Offices in Detroit, Novi, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)


Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeons

Stephen Lemos, MD, PhD (Offices in Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Robert E. Meehan, MD (Offices in Dearborn & Detroit)
Henry Goitz, MD (Office in Warren)
Gary Gilyard, MD (Office in Warren)
Douglas Plagens, MD (Office in Warren)
Jefferey Michaelson, MD (Office in Warren)