Posts for category: Bone Spurs

Golf is a sport I feel many people underestimate for the simple fact that there isn’t any contact. However, just because there isn’t contact doesn’t mean athletes don’t get injured—there are many injuries, surprisingly. The most common injuries in golf are to the knee, back, and shoulder. That’s not the case for Michelle Wie. Wie, one of the stars of women’s golf, reinjured her ankle by stepping in a hole early in the round on Friday. Later, on the 13th hole, Wie slipped and fell to the ground and was not able to put any more weight on her foot. What preceded her injury was the development of a bone spur near her ankle last month in which she wore a protective boot to help reduce the pain and swelling.

Bone spurs can occur for a number of reasons but the main cause of them developing in the ankle is arthritis. As joints become narrowed their range of motion decreases which can eventually cause impingement and ultimately lead to spur formation. Immobilization is the first line of treatment for spur formation near or at a joint. The main reason for this is to help reduce the amount of motion because motion at a narrowed joint with a spur is what causes the pain. Sometimes, though, complete immobilization isn’t enough and the spur needs to be surgically excised. I highly doubt that will be the case for Wie, but it’s something that may be considered in the future.

Although golf is not a demanding sport, per se, it is still a sport that can cause a lot of havoc on certain areas of the body. Being that golfers have to walk the entirety of the course, a lot of stress is applied to the lower extremity so the ankle and knees can become injured more often than one would imagine. As for Michelle Wie, she had an unfortunate accident which may have exacerbated the pain caused by her bone spur. If you or someone you know has slipped and injured the ankle, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

By Varun Gujral

With only a few games left in the MLB post-season, players not competing in the World Series action are getting healed up and ready to go for another long season next year. Of those players is 9-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera is the starting first baseman for the Tigers and one of their most valued assets. He underwent surgery to remove some bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture on the inside of his foot near his arch.

Bone spurs can be extremely painful and uncomfortable especially for high-level athletes. A bone spur is most commonly found on the bottom of your heel bone and is usually a result of plantar fasciitis--your plantar fascia (a ligament) actually pulls on your heel bone resulting in a pointy bone spur. Most of the time, however, these spurs are asymptomatic meaning they don’t cause any pain or discomfort. This is usually true for the day-to-day persons but for professional athletes, they are on a whole other level in terms of movement patterns, weight distribution, and physical activity so their tendons and ligaments are pulling on their bones at a much greater force than we’re used to. If you are experiencing pain, though, please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. There are many treatment options available to help negate those painful symptoms. Conservative treatment consists of padding under the heel, custom insoles/orthotics, and steroid injections. If these treatments do not work, usually after six months, there is the option to have it surgically removed.

Heel spurs are quite common but do not usually cause pain or discomfort. In fact, many of you may have heel spurs right now and not even know about it. On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain under your heel, do not wait for it to go away as it can become very burdensome and you will want to get treated as soon as possible. Always remember that your local podiatrists at AFA Care are just a phone call away.

 By Nrupa Shah



What exactly is this? It is just extra bone growing off of normal bone. This seems like a strange thing to happen in our bodies, so how does bone that’s not supposed to be there, grow? These spurs grow in response to pressure, rubbing or stress on the normal bone. In the foot this typically happens in places where tendons attach to the foot and “pull” on the bone, causing new bone to grow. This is a common sports injury in professional basketball players.  Both Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers and Deron Williams, of the Brooklyn Nets, suffer from bone spurs.

When people think of spurs they normally think of harmless, smooth, rounded “bumps” of bone, and this is normally what bones spurs are. But sometimes these spurs can be sharper or rubbing against tendons or muscles and can be painful. In the foot a very common place for this to happen is in the heel; this is called a heel spur. This can form from the tendons attaching to the heel being used heavily in exercise; they are also very common in women who wear high heels frequently!

Most people who have bone spurs don’t even know it, and could have them their entire lives and never need them treated. However in some cases, like Kobe’s and Deron’s, the bone spur causes a lot of pain and needs to be taken care of. The way to find out if a bone spur is the cause of your foot is pain is to make an appointment  at your local  podiatrist and get an x-ray.  The doctors at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in Edison and Monroe NJ, can help make the proper diagnosis for your foot pain!

If a bone spur is the cause of your pain there are three ways to approach the problem. The treatment can be directed at what is causing the bone spur, the symptoms or the bone spur itself can be treated. Excessive weight and strain on the tendons of your feet are common causes, so a treatment based on causes could be weight loss or reduced or changed activity. To treat the symptoms can be done by NSAIDs or shoe inserts to relieve the stress off your foot. And lastly to actually treat the spur itself your podiatrist can surgically remove the spur.

By:  Varun Gujral