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What exactly is a bone spur?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: A bone prominence

Bone spurs can occur anywhere and when not associated with arthritis are usually painless.
Sometimes they can cause irritation of a tendon or ligame leading to pain.

In brief: A bone prominence

Bone spurs can occur anywhere and when not associated with arthritis are usually painless.
Sometimes they can cause irritation of a tendon or ligame leading to pain.
Dr. Jack Choueka
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Dr. Richard Perlman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Bone build-up

It's a ridge of bone that develops where a tendon or a ligament attaches to a bone after repeated stress.
For instance, it can develop in the front of the heel bone in people who are runners, have flat feet and plantar fasciitis. It is called a spur because, when you see it from the side on an x-ray, it looks like a spur rather than a ridge.

In brief: Bone build-up

It's a ridge of bone that develops where a tendon or a ligament attaches to a bone after repeated stress.
For instance, it can develop in the front of the heel bone in people who are runners, have flat feet and plantar fasciitis. It is called a spur because, when you see it from the side on an x-ray, it looks like a spur rather than a ridge.
Dr. Richard Perlman
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