Bone spurs are a very common foot problem. Spurs in the feet most often occur in the heel and near the toes. Bone spurs are common in the feet, neck, back and knees. Bone spurs can often be painless and consist of no symptoms, other times, it can be quite painful.
Causes of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs occur when the plantar tendon pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. This area of the heel can later calcify to form a spur. Another cause of a bone spur is two bones rubbing together for a long period of time. New bone is formed in an attempt to protect the bones. Painful bone spurs also can develop on the top of the big toe joint. Pain, swelling and tenderness near the location of the bone spur.
Treatment for a Heel Spur
Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and/or special shoes or inserts are some of the common treatments for stiff big toe. Consult your physician before taking any medication. Surgery may be prescribed if spurring around the joint becomes severe. However, our NJ podiatrists believe in preventative care or trying all non invasive techniques before they resort to surgery.