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Bone spur/tendonitis

Posted by George D. on 10/09/00 at 20:54 (030125)

Dear Doctors, recently I have developed left foot pain in walking. X-rays indicate that I have a bone spur, the family physician says is actually way up, meaning just below the ankle. In the general area of the last two smallest toes there is some numb feeling and inflammation. I am able to walk. There is some discomfort. I am no longer soaking my foot in ice water or taking Indocin. What should I do? Continue to have the foot treated by a specialist or just continue as usual, Are bone spurs usually treated with surgery? Is routine walking with some discomfort a type of physical therapy. I am going to see what the VA doctors suggest in the near future. Thank you. I do appreciate a brief reply, if you may.

Re: Bone spur/tendonitis

Dr.Zuckerman on 10/09/00 at 21:57 (030132)

It sounds like you are walking on the outside of the ankle. First I will use an ankle support. You need to determine why the numbness. Is you back ok? Read Scott book on plantar fasciitis. Bone spurs are not needed to always be treated with surgery, in fact most bone (heel) spurs aren't don't need foot surgery. The spur is an area of calcification causes by local stress or trauma. The spur is the healing of that area. If there in no pain physical examination then the spur isn't the problem. It shows that the area has been under stress and that the fibers at the insertion of the pf have been torn in the past.

Re: Bone spur/tendonitis

Dr.Zuckerman on 10/09/00 at 21:57 (030132)

It sounds like you are walking on the outside of the ankle. First I will use an ankle support. You need to determine why the numbness. Is you back ok? Read Scott book on plantar fasciitis. Bone spurs are not needed to always be treated with surgery, in fact most bone (heel) spurs aren't don't need foot surgery. The spur is an area of calcification causes by local stress or trauma. The spur is the healing of that area. If there in no pain physical examination then the spur isn't the problem. It shows that the area has been under stress and that the fibers at the insertion of the pf have been torn in the past.