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It is possible to treat bone spurs in the feet conservatively through exercises, shoes made to accommodate the condition, or strapping or taping the affected tendons or muscles, says WebMD. The patient can also wear shoe inserts or try physical therapy. How bone spurs i...


A bone spur is a piece of bone that grows out from another bone, such as the heel bone or the vertebrae. Some bone spurs are asymptomatic and don't have to be treated. Other bone spurs, such as those that develop in Haglund's syndrome, are quite painful.


Bone spurs are bony projections that sometimes develop on the edges of bones. Bone spurs are also called osteophytes. These often form in the joints where bone meets bone, according to Mayo Clinic.


When damage and deformity occurs, bone spurs can be treated by surgically replacing or repairing a joint, bunion or heel spur, according to WebMD. Most patients receive treatment for the causes and symptoms of bone spurs if pain or tissue damage does not exist.


If bone spurs are causing discomfort, physicians may recommend pain relievers found over-the-counter, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, according to the Mayo Clinic. Extreme pain or limited range of motion due to bone spurs may require surgical removal.


Some common treatments for bone spurs in the feet include stretching exercises, taping the feet, using shoe inserts and physical therapy, according to WebMD. Buying new shoes, taking over-the-counter pain medications and surgery are other treatment options.


The most common cause of bone spurs is joint damage as a result of osteoarthritis, according to Mayo Clinic. As the cartilage breaks down due to osteoarthritis, the body works to remedy this loss by creating extra bone. Eventually, this extra bone turns into a spur.