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Bone spur on a finger? I thought only heels got spurs?

Bone spur on a finger? I thought only heels got spurs?

Likely bony spur.: Bony spurs develop as one gets older, from wear and tear on joints, etc. These are bony projections that form along joint margins. This can also happen in the neck and spinal column. Spurs can also appear on the feet, along toes, the heel, as well as on the hands. In extreme cases bone spurs have grown along a person's entire skeletal structure. They're important since they can be near nerves. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I have heel pain in the bottom of my heel. Because I wear hard orthotics, it's very sore, back of heel padded to stop heel spurs. Apparently folded?

I have heel pain in the bottom of my heel. Because I wear hard orthotics,  it's very sore, back of heel padded to stop heel spurs. Apparently folded?

See your podiatrist: I recommend you discuss these concerns with the podiatrist who made your orthotics. Many types of orthotics can initially cause arch pain due to their hardness but the body adapts in a few weeks and this improves dramatically. ...Read more

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How to help a bone spur on the foot I have a bone spur on the top of my foot and it hurts a lot

How to help a bone spur on the foot I have a bone spur on the top of my foot and it hurts a lot

It : It of course matters where the bony prominence is, but this may represent arthritis in your midfoot. It likely hurts because of the degeneration of the cartilage in the joint and the load your body puts on it with weight bearing. Various treatments, like anti-inflammatory medications, arch supports and sometimes even surgeries to fuse the degenerated joint(s) together can help a lot! sometimes the problem is a tight heelcord and stretching that may help as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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Last winter, i broke the last bone of my big toe. Initially it wasok, but now it hurts. The other bone is also protrudinga bit on the top of the foot. My Achilles tendon hurts after long walks. Should i undergo a surgery?

Last winter, i broke the last bone of my big toe. Initially it wasok, but now it hurts. The other bone is also protrudinga bit on the top of the foot. My Achilles tendon hurts after long walks. Should i undergo a surgery?

Broken big toe: Certainly an exam is the first thing you need is an exam and xrays. Surgery is not the only answer , but all thing begin with an exam. The achilles can be examined at the same time and may be hurting because of splinting off the hallux. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have a bone spur right below my big toe on the side. Are bone spurs serious?

I have a bone spur right below my big toe on the side. Are bone spurs serious?

They could...: If you have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, poor circulation, or autoimmune disorder. See a podiatrist if you have one of these conditions. Bone spurs can cause serious pain, so se what relief options you have available to you. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left heel for a month now. How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis or a bone spur or a fracture of the heel bone? Thanks.

I have pain in my left heel for a month now. How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis or a bone spur or a fracture of the heel bone? Thanks.

A spur and fascitis: are for all intents and purposes treated the same way. An xray lets you know if the spur is present, and fascitis is said to be diagnosed via ultrasound or MRI as having fascia with a thickness greater than 3mm. A fracture usually presents different than the others. Pain usually doesn't ease up as you start to walk on it, and there is pain on compression of the heel. An MRI helps make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciitis, heel spur, tumor on nerve about 2wks ago.Painful still. Dr. Gave me a shot of cortisone didn't help. Next?

Surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciitis, heel spur, tumor on nerve about 2wks ago.Painful still. Dr. Gave me a shot of cortisone didn't help. Next?

Follow up : With your surgeon, let them know your condition. Be patient but concerned. 2 weeks post- op is still considered part of the healing time. ...Read more

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I'm getting my knuckle bone taken out of my pinky toe. The doctor said i will be in a walking shoe. Will i be on crutches for a little while?Stitches?

I'm getting my knuckle bone taken out of my pinky toe. The doctor said i will be in a walking shoe. Will i be on crutches for a little while?Stitches?

Hammertoe: The procedure that you are asking about is called an arthroplasty and it involves removing a piece of bone from a toe which will cause the toe to be realigned. Most of the time you will be placed in a surgical shoe with possible crutches for a couple of days after the surgery. You will also have stitches which will either need to be removed or will dissolve on there own. ...Read more

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Can metatarsal cuneiform joint exostosis go away and come back. The bump is on my little toe bone almost exactly between the toe and ankle?

Can metatarsal cuneiform joint exostosis go away and come back.  The bump is on my little toe bone almost exactly between  the toe and ankle?

Exostosis: Exostosis is a growth of bone also known as a bone spur. That does not go away usually on its own. Surgical intervention helps with that. The bump you described is hard to visualize but could be a cyst. Have it checked out by your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Very painful bone spur on the side of my heel. Podiatrist had me do stretches, injection, taping, anti-inflammatory, nothing worked. Now what?

Very painful bone spur on the side of my heel.  Podiatrist had me do stretches, injection, taping, anti-inflammatory, nothing worked. Now what?

Heel Spur: It sounds like you have received quite a bit of very appropriate treatment for your heel spur and I am sorry to hear that you're not better. Sometimes a series of ultrasound treatments may help reduce inflammation due to the heel spur. ...Read more

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Foot problem, have a fallen arch on left foot for 3 yrs now. Use orthotics, but recently my heel hurts to walk on. Planters fasciitis? What is it?

Foot problem,  have a fallen arch on left foot for 3 yrs now.   Use orthotics, but recently my heel hurts to walk on.  Planters fasciitis? What is it?

Impossible to say: no one can give a specific answer without being able to examine the heel. If it is tender along the inside edge it is likely to be plantar faciitis. ...Read more

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Was reaching on tippy toes heard a crack come from Achilles what could this be? I have a calcaneal spur. I thought it was bubble wrap that's sound.

Was reaching on tippy toes heard a crack come from Achilles what could this be?  I have a calcaneal spur. I thought it was bubble wrap that's sound.

Was it loud?: If you heard what sounded like a big pop or gun shot then it could be an achilles rupture. Is there swelling there? I would see your local sports med doc and have them ultrasound the area or MRI it to take a look at it. If fully rupture this could require surgery. If not ruptured but strained then you may be able to do pt and immobiliization. ...Read more

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A year ago, i had a foot surgery for bony spurs by the pinky toe. It still hurts and it feels as if needles are pricking. Is there a soaking method or a rub that i can apply on my foot?

A year ago, i had a foot surgery for bony spurs by the pinky toe. It still hurts and it feels as if needles are pricking. Is there a soaking method or a rub that i can apply on my foot?

Needle sensation: Without doing an exam it sounds like a nerve entrapment. It is possible that scar tissue has entrapped a nerve or a nerve was injured . See your surgeon for assistance. Good luck. ...Read more

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12 weeks ago i broke my big toe in the joint, had it xrayed and have worn a flat shoe. When will it bend? Do broken joints fuse? I don't have insurance

12 weeks ago i broke my big toe in the joint, had it xrayed and have worn a flat shoe. When will it bend? Do broken joints fuse? I don't have insurance

Broken toe: Without seeing your first x ray that is impossible to predict . Many things can happen to a fracture - malalignment, poor or no healing , residual pain, to name just a few. You need to see your podiatrist - explain you have no insurance - for help and guidance. ...Read more

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Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more