Question: What is bone spur on top of foot?
Answer: Bone spur on top of foot is a bony growth formed on the normal bone of the foot.
It is medically known as osteophyte. Bone spur can occur in any part of the skeletal system, but is commonly found in spine, shoulders, knees and feet.
Bone spur on the top of the foot is usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons or nerves of the foot.
Causes of Bone Spur On Top Of Foot
Bone spur forms as the body tries to repair by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing or stress that continues over a long period of time.
Bone spurs forms on the top of feet in response to tight ligaments, to activities such as dancing, running, that put stress on the feet. It can also occur due to repeated leg sprain and trauma of the feet. Poorly fitting shoes can also be the reason of spur on the top of the feet.And of course age growing age is also one factor.
Symptoms of Spur On Top of Feet
- Many people have bone spurs without knowing it , because most bone spurs cause no symptoms.
- However if they are pressing on adjacent bone or tissue and are causing the tendon to rub, they can break that tissue down over a time.
- Corn and callous can also result on bone spur on the top of the foot.
Surgery Treatment of Bone Spur On Top of Foot
Bone spur do not require treatment unless they are causing pain or damaging other tissues.
- Weight loss can take some pressure off the joint
- Ultrasound by a physiotherapist can relieve the symptom of pain and swelling.
- Ice application.
- Wear proper fitting, low heeled footwear.
- Linseed oil application and massaging with linseed oil can relieve the symptoms of bone spur on top of foot.
- Flaxseed hot pack application can give relief in pain when there is bone spur on the top of the foot.
- Alternate hot and cold baths also help o decrease the pain of spur on the top of the foot.
Surgery is the last alternative treatment of bone spur on top of foot, if all conservative methods fail. Excision of the bone spur will be necessary in such cases.