Foot Surgery: Bone Spurs

A bone spur (an extra bone growth) can make walking and wearing shoes painful. Spurs may grow on top of any of the midfoot joints. These spurs may form a bump on the top of the foot. Bone spurs may also form on your toe. Sometimes a spur can form where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. There are several nonsurgical treatments for bone spurs, but if these are not effective, surgery can be considered. 

Images of spurs on back of heel and spurs removed

Spur on the back of the heel

The heel spur is removed, and the Achilles tendon is repositioned. Your foot will be placed in a cast. To keep you from bearing weight on this foot, you will need crutches for several weeks.

Images of midfoot joint spurs and removal of spurs

Midfoot joint spur

To get rid of the bump, the spur is removed on both sides of the joint. You can bear weight on your foot right after surgery. You will need to wear a surgical shoe for a few weeks.

Images of toe spur and spur after being smoothed with a special file

Toe spur

Removing a toe spur involves making only a small skin incision. A tiny power rasp (similar to a dental burr) or a special file is inserted to smooth the bone. After surgery, your foot will be bandaged, but you can walk on it right away. In some cases, you may need to wear a surgical shoe for a few weeks.



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