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A 37-year-old male asked:

please provide a tip on how to ask your doctor about bone spurs.

10 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ignore: If you have bone spurs, ask about the cause. Spurs are common ; often don't cause pain or problems.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ignore: My hip hurts a lot when i turn it a certain way deep inside the joint socket.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ignore: It is exquisitely painful under my heel when i stand on it, and walk too much.
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ignore: Just ask.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Ask them what I can do to decrease pain & swelling.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Ignore: U have 2 show the area of pain, x-rays confirm, some can B easily excised others deep=no can do.
Dr. Marcus Roux
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Ask, what is the underlying condition and how do I treat it.
Dr. Austin Yeargan
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor how a bone spur forms and why most people with them have no symptoms.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
When: When x-rays reveal a bone spur, ask your doc whether removal plays any role in reducing symptoms.
Dr. Keith Johnson
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: Take note of what factors make the pain better or worse, request imaging (start with x-rays).

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is taping with plantar facitis still effective with bone spurs present?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Plantar fasciitis can respond to taping of the arch and foot despite the presence of a bone spur. Many times the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis comes not from the bone spur itself, but from the straining of the plantar fascia (the band of ligaments that go from the heel to the forefoot.) taping is certainly worth a try but be sure to consult with your physician to confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
Daily AM non-weight bearing stretching. Use a bath towel, do it BEFORE getting out of bed every AM.
Oct 3, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
still recommended to stretch every morning before any weight bearing
Oct 3, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
If cortisone has been done, then the next step is surgery. See a foot orthopedist or podiatrist.
Oct 3, 2011
A member asked:

What are some signs of bone spurs?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
Depends: Bone spurs can occur almost anywhere. The most common site i see in practice is in the heels. However, spurs occur in the spine and around any joint. It can be painful or asymptomatic. Many times the spur is not the cause of the pain such as heel spurs. The surrounding soft tissue becomes inflammed and painful.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Im a tennis player w/bone spurs please help?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Where: Have you seen someone for this in the past and been diagnosed with bone spurs and where? This would be helpful is giving you suggestions.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are bone spurs?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Bone spurs : Build up of bone around joints from trauma or abnormal wear and tear. Spurs around the heel are cause from ligaments and tendons pulling on the bone. Spurs are generally not treated unless they are causing pain. The only way to get rid of a spur is to physically remove it(surgery). Nsaid's and steroids may be helpful for general joint pain.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What exactly are bone spurs and how can they be treated?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Bone spurs : Build up of bone around joints from trauma or abnormal wear and tear. Spurs around the heel are cause from ligaments and tendons pulling on the bone. Spurs are generally not treated unless they are causing pain. The only way to get rid of a spur is to physically remove it(surgery). Nsaid's and steroids may be helpful for general joint pain.

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