Bone spurs are extra bony materials formed on normal bones, these are not sharp bones as one may decipher but just extra bones that are smooth, that may cause wear and tear when they press or rub against other bones, ligaments, tendons or even nerves.
The most common places for the growth of a bone spur are the spine, shoulders, knees, hands, hips, and feet.
They are usually a result of the body’s repair mechanism; it typically forms due to pressure, rubbing, or stress over a long period of time.
Growth spurs occur due to aging also. As the body ages, cartilages that cover the end of a joint starts to wear off and over time this process leads to the formation of bone spurs. Growth spurs due to aging often occur in the spine and feet.
Certain activities like dancing, running etc. that put extra pressure also cause bone spurs. Usually, these occur in the feet.
Usually, most people who have bone spurs may spend a lifetime without even knowing about it as most of the times they are symptom-less. But sometimes, in some unlucky ones, the bone spurs may press or rub against tissues, tendons or muscles and that is when the symptoms such as swelling, pain, and tearing occur.
A simple X-RAY will reveal the existing bone spurs in your body.
Though bone spurs do not require treatment unless they are causing discomforts like pain or tissue damage, treatments are available when needed, directing on the symptoms and causes of the spurs or on the bone spur itself.
Sometimes a surgical removal of bone spur may be required. Mostly for the bone spurs that are caused due to osteoarthritis. In these cases, the bone spurs would have caused a considerable damage and deformity and it is best to treat the core of the problem by undergoing a surgery for the removal of the bone spur.
Dr. Biren Nadkarni is a highly experienced consultant orthopedic and joint replacement surgeon in Delhi. He is a highly skilled surgeon and one of the best to perform a bone spur surgery in Delhi. He is counted among the best orthopedic surgeon in Delhi.
In the event of a bone spur giving you considerable discomfort please do get an appointment for the best treatment that can be provided to you. Dr. Biren Nadkarni is available for consultation at Sitaram Bhatia Institute of Science and Research, VPS Rockland hospital, Holy family hospital.