Treatment of pulsing or painful bone spurs is initially aimed at decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury, according to MedicineNet. Cold applications can be helpful at the site where the bone spur is accessible, but if treatment proves ineffective, follow it by anti-inflammatory applications.
A bone spur, a bony growth formed on normal bone, can cause wear, tear and pain if pressing on ligaments, nerves, tendons or other bones in the body, states WebMD. Bone spurs, commonly found in feet and shoulders, are also found in other parts of the body, which require different treatment plans. As bone naturally tries to mend itself, foot spurs can be helped by maintaining weight and wearing shoes that do not add stress to the foot. Ill-fitting shoes may be too tight or too high.
Painful bone spurs, as found in a rotator cuff, can be resistant to normal treatment measures and may require surgery for repair, explains MedicineNet. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as Kenalog or Celestone, are given orally or by injection depending on where the spur is located. Bone spurs are detected by X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans. Other methods to treat bone spurs include orthotics, such as shoe inserts, or bone spur pads.