Bone spurs on the feet usually form in response to years of pressure and stress on the ligaments during activities such as running, or in response to being overweight or wearing poorly fitting shoes.
If left untreated, bone spurs can cause swelling, pain and tearing. Bone spurs on the feet can also result in a build-up of unattractive calluses and corns to cushion the bone spur.
Am I a Candidate for Surgery?
Bone spurs on the feet don’t always require surgery. Non-invasive approaches such as losing weight to take pressure of your joints, physical therapy and medication should be explored prior to electing surgery. If none of these methods have provided adequate relief, surgical removal may be the best option for you.
What Happens During Bone Spur Removal?
Prior to surgery, anesthesia (local or general) will be administered so that you don’t experience any pain during your procedure. The techniques used during your surgery will depend on the location and severity of your bone spur. When at all possible, we will use arthroscopic surgery (a minimally-invasive procedure) to remove the bone spur.
After Bone Spur Removal Surgery
Bone spur removal is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to go home the same day. It usually takes a few weeks to completely recover from surgery. During recovery, it is likely that you will experience some soreness, swelling and discomfort. It is important to keep your foot elevated for 3 to 7 days and avoid prolonged walking or standing until your foot has completely healed.
If your job is mostly sedentary, you can usually return to work within a day, but you will have to wear a post-operative shoe. If your job is very active, or requires special shoes (e.g., work boots or dress shoes), you will need to take 10-14 days off from work.
Scheduling Your Appointment
Don't suffer another day. If you’re considering bone spur removal, contact Surgical Arts of Inland Empire at (909) 579-3111. We would be happy to discuss the benefits of bone spur removal with our Board Certified Podiatry Surgeon in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Service areas include: Corona, Chino Hills, Riverside, Newport Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Victorville and Hesperia, California.