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Treatment for Bone Spurs on the Feet

The bony growth of bone spurs that form on the feet is normally located just beneath the calcaneus bone, which is otherwise known as the bone in the heel. Bone spurs on the feet are well known for causing an extreme amount of pain and discomfort. This is because this part of the body continuously plays an active role in absorbing pressure and shock from daily activities like jumping, walking, and even standing.

The Formation of Bone Spurs on the Heel

Dr Scholl's Pro Pain Relief Orthotics for HeelThere is a fibrous band that stretches from the ball of a person’s foot all the way back to their heel and is called the plantar fascia. The job of the plantar fascia is to work as a platform of support. When the alignment of a person’s foot is not adequate, microscopic tears can occur at the area it’s attached to the heel due to the pulling it causes. At this point bony growths form out of the deposits of calcium, causing pain as they poke into the foot’s flesh.


When a person has flat feet or they have arches that are higher than normal, the feet will generally take on a biomechanical form that is quite poor. This, in turn, causes over supination or overpronation and can cause the risk of developing bone spurs to be much higher. This is a problem that more women suffer from than their male counterparts, and this is simply because of the type of shoes that they choose to wear.

Treatment Options that are Often Recommended for Bone Spurs on the Feet

There is a number of different treatment options that are available to men and women that suffer from the pain caused by bone spurs of the feet. While some of the treatment options are only temporary remedies, there are others that provide long-term relief.

Treatment Options that Provide Temporary Relief from Pain and Inflammation

  • The application of ice to the affected area
  • Placing the foot in an elevated position
  • Providing the feet with an adequate amount of rest
  • The use of heel cups or cradles


Another short-term treatment option that many physicians prescribe to patients that have high arches or flat feet is arch supports. These are often commonly referred to as foot orthotics. These work by helping to promote an even distribution of weight as they work as shock absorbers during impact. They also work very well for minimizing the pain caused by bone spurs on the feet, as they help to work as a cushion for the hell. To eliminate pressure the heel is under, they are often also added to orthotic insoles.

Treatment Options that Provide Long-Term Bone Spur Relief

There are many cases where patients do not receive a sufficient amount of pain relief from temporary methods of treatment. In cases like this, cortisone injections or surgical procedures may be recommended. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a new treatment option that is also becoming popular for the effective long-term relief it can provide.



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20 Comments

  1. I’m glad I found this post coz I’m a runner. Thanks for this info I’ll be careful.

  2. This is great information that I could have used before my bone spur surgery in my right foot last year. I didn’t want to do the surgery, but the pain was so severe I didn’t have a choice.

  3. I haven’t had issues with bone spurs, but at least now I’ll be prepared!

  4. I’d actually never heard of this. It sounds painful!

  5. i do not have bone spurs! this is very beneficial and informative

  6. Lavern Moore says:

    I’m so fortunate not to have these bone spurs.

  7. Lavern Moore says:

    I’m glad I don’t have these bone spurs you speak of yet I could this post helpful for those who do

  8. Eileen M Loya says:

    That must be so painful! I don’t have them and I hope I won’t. Thanks for sharing this post. Your tips on how to alleviate the pain is very helpful for those who are suffering from bone spurs.

  9. my friend is actually doing these tips right now. he is recovring from sprain due to basketball injury…

  10. I never had bone spurs. This is good information and I hope it helps heal those who suffer from this.

  11. my mom recently noticed she has this on her foot. has the tratres.

  12. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    Bone spurs are nothing to take lightly. They really can be quite terrible and difficult to deal with.

  13. oh no. do you have bone spurs? that sounds so painful! i am sorry you have to suffer. feel better. joy

    ice is your friend 🙂

  14. thank you for this article, it’s really very important to know your body and take care of it.

  15. I have had these, for a while now. I just didn’t know they are called bone spurs. Sometimes, it feels like my calf is being “torn off my leg” and my feet are heavy from carrying logs.

  16. Dreaming Loud says:

    I havent had bone spurs issues yet but thanks for the info.. It could be very useful in case.

  17. I have not experienced bone spurs, I don’t think, but wow I can imagine they hurt. Love that you shared some treatment options for bone spurs on the feet.

  18. I’ve never heard of bone spurs before. Very interesting! Now I’ll know how to treat it!

  19. Great article. Lots of good information on bone spurs. I know they can be painful

  20. Luckily I have a friend that is a podiatrist and can help me whenever I have foot issues. I haven’t really had trouble with bone spurs. I hope I never do!

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