Bone spurs can occur anywhere in the body but are often a problem in the foot and ankle. These spurs may be caused by injury, a high-pressure area or near a joint that may be developing arthritis.
You may see a bump under the skin or an area covered by hard skin such as a corn or calluses. These areas may indicate that there is a bone spur. These areas become painful from the inflamed soft tissue in the area and compression of smaller nerves. At first, you may not have pain and it can eventually develop over time.
There are several treatments that are available. Padding can decrease the irritation between the skin and other surfaces. Cortisone can give you temporary relief as it decreases the inflammation around the spur, however, frequent cortisone injections are not safe. This is true regardless of the type of cortisone used even the short-acting variety.
Since the bone spur is solid, the only true solution for relief is to have the spur removed. The traditional surgery is often performed but with newer procedures, training, and techniques there are much better minimally-invasive procedures.
Minimally-invasive bone spur procedures have many advantages. These procedures can be done safely in a sterile environment in the office. A local anesthetic is used and a small opening in the skin is made. Using specialized instruments, the bone spur is removed. You may require a stitch or two. Chances of infection are lower than traditional surgery. It is important to find a podiatrist that has been trained in these specialized techniques. In addition, strict sterile technique must be followed by the doctor and staff to prevent skin and bone infections.
At Gentle Foot Care Clinic, Dr. Jairo Cruz has had advanced training and specializes in minimally-invasive procedures and sterile techniques to finally get rid of your bone spur and pain. Dr. Cruz is a leader in these procedures in the Tampa Bay area. Call today and get the best treatment available. Dr. Cruz is experienced, competent and trustworthy. Contact the Ethical Podiatrist today!