Ankle Bone Spurs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had ankle impingement and bone spurs in the ankle?
    i have reduced joint space in my ankle and two bones spurs each side of my ankle, they are both going to be removed has anyone had this operation?

    i would like to know healing times, such as when u can walk again and when ur 100 per cent, and if this operation has worked for you?

    any info greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      likely never 100%, 6 months

  2. QUESTION:
    Can i join the Marines if i had Bone Spurs in My Ankle?
    When i was in fourth grade i had to have surgery on my ankle becasue thier were bone spurs. Now it is fine i have no pain i have full Range of Motion and can do anything any normal person could. Their isnt any plates or screws in my ankle. Could i be aloud in the marines?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about "aloud" but I would think they would allow you to enter. I take it there is a scar there from the surgery. If not, I would not necessarily volunteer that information, but if it comes up, it will be addressed and evaluated during your physical at MEPS. Don't sweat it- you should be okay

  3. QUESTION:
    How long to recover after ankle surgery to remove bone spurs ?
    I had surgery to remove bone spurs and scar tissue in my ankle, and its been 3 weeks now and im still in alot of pain and not sure what to do.I am wondering how long in takes to fully recover..I dont see my surgen for another 3 weeks..But ive been debating on going to the hospital to get checked out..I also ran out of pain medacation as well and dont know what to do

    can someone offer my advice on what to do

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      What you need to do is see your doctor again.
      The fact that he only gave you pain killers for this short a period of time means that your pain is not supposed to last this long.
      But if you are in severe pain and cannot get to him you can go to a pharmacy and get and NSAID, like ALEVE which helps.
      But you should be ok in about 2 months.
      It will depends on how many bone spurs they removed and how extensive the surgery was.
      Also it will depend on how much you are moving about and resting the foot.
      Remember any movement what so ever is going to be murder on the foot, due to the weight and the moving itself.
      So rest, this is bed rest or couch rest with your foot up.
      Contact me if you need anything

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of a bone spurs in your ankle?
    I broke my the bone on the outside of my left ankle about 15 yrs ago and now I have pain in the same stop and it hurts to walk normal now in the last few days. Friends say it is a bone spurs. I don't know what that is? Any help from anyone? Before I call the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony projections that grow along the edges of bones. The bone spurs themselves aren't painful, but they can rub against nearby nerves and bones and cause pain.

      Bone spurs can form on any bone. Most commonly they form where bones meet each other — in joints — but they can also be found where ligaments and tendons connect with bone. Bone spurs form in the joints that make up your knees, hips, elbow, shoulders, fingers and feet. Bone spurs can also form on the bones of your spine.

      It isn't clear what causes bone spurs, but doctors believe they occur in reaction to changes in your joints due to diseases and aging. Bone spurs usually occur as a result of a disease or condition — most commonly osteoarthritis. But they can also form on their own.

      Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms and may go undetected for years. Other bone spurs form in places where they might rub against other bones or push against nerves, causing pain and disability. What treatment, if any, that you receive for your bone spurs depends on where they're located and how the affect your health.

      Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms. Often you don't even realize you have bone spurs until an X-ray for another condition reveals the growths.

      But some bone spurs can cause pain and loss of motion in your joints. Where your bone spurs are located determines where you'll feel pain and whether you'll experience any other signs or symptoms. For instance:

      In your knee, bone spurs may make it painful to extend and bend your leg. Bone spurs can get in the way of bones and tendons that keep your knee operating smoothly.
      On your spine, bone spurs can push against your nerves, causing pain and numbness elsewhere in your body.
      On your neck, cervical bone spurs can protrude inwards, occasionally making it difficult to swallow or painful to breathe. Bone spurs can also push against veins, restricting blood flow to your brain.
      In your shoulder, bone spurs can restrict the range of motion of your arm. Bone spurs can rub on your rotator cuff, a group of tendons that help control your shoulder movements. This can cause swelling (tendinitis) and tears in your rotator cuff.
      On your fingers, bone spurs may appear as hard lumps under your skin, making your fingers appear disfigured. Bone spurs on your fingers may cause intermittent pain.

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  5. QUESTION:
    I have bone spurs in my ankle and i need very comfortable and supporting shoes for work any suggestions?
    I work at blockbuster and i usually work 40 hours every week.
    I really need good comfortable and safe shoes.
    The cost at this point doesn't matter

    • ANSWER:
      Check out www.srmax.com, you can look into shoes from top brands like Skechers, Crocs, New Balance, etc. I know slip resistance probably isn't that important, since Blockbuster has carpet (right?), but these shoes are very comfortable. In fact, these shoes (http://www.srmax.com/store/products/search?search=yes&style=srm13) have been very well received, all the ladies I work with swear by them as being super comfortable (think Dansko, but less expensive).
      I hope that helps!

  6. QUESTION:
    Bone spurs located on ankle?
    So, after my last question, the doctor examined me and they found bones in my ankle. They didn't know how or why it happens. Hence, my question, cause formerly this happened to me 3 years ago and I believed it was settled. There it is again! So to my worries, I research a bit here and there and I think I found the right term for it, bone spurs. But this has not answered my questions since bone spurs are usually not where mine was at. This is problem has everytime I overdo my running or even walking, my ankle get swollen. This bone apparently keep poking my nerves? Hopefully, I can get more details on it. I found a image similiar to mine, only mine had 2 bones, one shaped like as quote from the surgeon, an 'asteroid'. Explains the pain. Can I get some help in this in more detailed? And can this happen to me again? It's really troublesome to have it removed again and again. Any chance I can eliminate the possibility of it ever happening again?

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  7. QUESTION:
    What medication will help the pain from bone spurs in my ankle?
    I have tried ibuprofen & naproxen.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Asprin or Acetominphen (tylenol). The ibuprofin and Naproxen are the same kind of medicine, i dont think they'd work for that because those meds help by reducing inflammation that causes pain, but your pains from a bone spur.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can a person get bone spurs in their ankles?
    From falling down. My ankles flip over sometimes when I am walking. If I sit for 15 minutes to an half hour and then get up to start walking it hurts for around 5 minutes or longer. Someone said I may have bone spurs. Didn't no what categorie to put this in so trying 2 places.

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can get bone spurs from falling. that is genereally what causes them. bune spurs are what happens when a bone chips just a tiny peice off instead of breaking. they can be removed surgically, but there will always bee a phantom pain from it from time to time.

  9. QUESTION:
    Bone spurs removal and recovery with being us army infantrymen?
    I am us army infantry and I have bone spurs on both ankle's, what is the average recovey time for having them removed, and would I end up having a permanent profile for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it depends really my fiance has issues with his arm they did surgery and eberything he has a profile now does limited PT ( he is also Army Infantry) ankels and are healing varies.. his arm may take over a year seeing you use your legs alot recovery couod be months

  10. QUESTION:
    I have bone spurs in my ankle and just found out I have tendinitis in the same ankle .What do I do now?

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to the orthopedic surgeon to
      A. get a cortisone shot
      B. take a medrol dose pack
      C. get some exercises from PT
      D. Ice and rest, along with antiinflammatories.

  11. QUESTION:
    Having a bone spur shaved out of my ankle and want to know if i can fly 2 days later?
    Im hoping to fly back to canada (7 hr) 2 days after having a bone spur removed from my ankle. Is this safe?

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your Dr about this, but will probably be alright. I'm assuming it will not be casted. If there's no cast, you can take anti-inflammitories, ice it off and on, and get a seat on the plane where you can keep your foot elevated. You want to keep the swelling down as much as possible. If there's a cast on, then that's a whole different story. The Dr will have to cut the cast to allow for the swelling.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can a person get bone spurs from their ankles turning all the time?
    I fall quite a bit. My ankle flips and down I go. Lately when I sit for a little while and get up there is a pain in my ankles and it hurts to walk on it. It takes usually about 5 minutes of walking on it for it to go away.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you have a heel spur. I would go see a foot specialist and see what they have to say. good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    What causes bone spurs? How do I know if I have one in my foot? My left foot is really tender near my ankle?!!
    I never hit it on anything and the spot doesn't bother me unless I touch it or if I stand a certain way on it. It has been this way for several months now, there is no bruising and the pain is when I touch one of the bones of my foot. It feels almost like it would if you bumped a knee on a table and the spot is still tender?

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard of this and my mom claims she has "ankle spurs" because after sitting down for 30+ minutes, she limps around like she has a torn tendon in her leg.

      Foot spurs can be caused by just plain being on your feet all day or a long time.

      I really suggest going to see your doctor before it worsens.

  14. QUESTION:
    Bone spurs do they grow bigger?
    i have a bone spur on my ankle and with in the last week it has grown around my ankle. Please any info u ahve i woulod love to know thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well my understanding of it is that they can, sort of. They don't actually grow but more bone spur can form. A bone spur is actually extra bone your body makes in an attempt to repair itself. They can rub against other bones or nerves so it's not good. A friend of mine thought he had a bone spur in his hip a few years ago and it turned out that it was bone cancer. They removed a chunk of his hip bone. Anyway, it's probably just a spur. Here's an informative site but I think you should see a doctor. http://www.answers.com/topic/bone-spur

  15. QUESTION:
    Besides surgery what can someone do about bone spurs? I have one on my ankle and one on hill of foot.?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment directed at the cause of bone spurs may include weight loss to take some pressure off the joints (especially when osteoarthritis or plantar fasciitis is the cause) and stretching the affected area, such as the heel cord and bottom of the foot. Seeing a physical therapist for ultrasound or deep tissue massage may be helpful for plantar fasciitis or shoulder pain. Treatment directed at symptoms could include rest, ice, stretching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. If a bone spur is in your foot, changing footwear or adding padding or a shoe insert such as a heel cup or orthotic may help. If the bone spur is causing corns or calluses, padding the area or wearing different shoes can help. If the bone spur continues to cause symptoms, your health professional may suggest a corticosteroid injection at the painful area to decrease pain and inflammation of the soft tissues next to the bone spur.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have a knot right below my ankle bone. It is hard like a bone.?
    I have noticed recently that it has gotten bigger. I have researched bone spurs and bone spurs are on the bottom of the heel or on the big toe. Does anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same thing. Xrays showed it was just some odd bone growth. It stopped growing. now it's just an annoying bump on my foot.

      They can do surgery for it, but it can put you in a cast for 6 months depending on how much surgery they have to do. It is a bone.

      You can talk to your doctor to see if it will cause a problem, and if so possible solutions.

  17. QUESTION:
    Severe ankle pain began about 5 yrs ago. Ortho doc says 2 bone spurs of the archilles tendon, what to do next?
    The dr did not offer anything except physical therapy. I've done that, it helps, but the pain quickly returns. Is there some type of surgery to help? This has worsened to the point of waking me from deep sleep with pain. If it is touched (even brushed by the hem of slacks), I cringe with pain. Any feedback will be appreciated. I must make an aggressive decision soon. Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      Triggerpoints - start with a Massage Therapist as often as you can and a chiropractor to make sure things are in place. physical therapy has been known to cause more problems.

      Much pain is from muscles below is an example of what may help (based on headaches).
      Begin with a couple swigs of molasses or a couple of bananas daily - magnesium (which regulates many things in the body) and potassium (a needed building block for muscles).
      Drink at least 1/2 gallons of water per day. Running a body low on water is like running a car low on oil is the analogy the head of neurology at UCDavis told my husband about 10 years ago.

      Now to the cause - muscles - your back, neck shoulders and head have tender spots. They are knots in the fibers of the muscles called trigger points. It makes the muscles tight which makes them press on nerves and other things causing the pain.

      The cure - start with a professional massage, you will also want to go back over any place you can get to 6-12 times per session up to 6 times per day rubbing (or lightly scratching on your head) every where that is tender until the knots go away. The place where the skull connects to the spine press up under the edge of the skull (to get to those muscles).

      For more information read The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Davies. It teaches what to do and where the pain comes from.

  18. QUESTION:
    Bone Spur Ankle Surgery?! Please help!!!!?
    I have a bone spur and loose ligaments. After physical therapy for a month or so it hasn't gotten better. My physical therapist thinks i will have to get surgery to remove my bone spur and maybe do something to my ligaments. What will happen if i get my bone spur removed? Will i have to be in a cast or something? And if they decide to do something to my ligaments what will happen?
    Thanks(:

    • ANSWER:
      if you just get the bone spur removed its pretty simple. its arthroscopic and a really quick easy surgery. you can walk after like 10 days and you only have a bandage. if you fix the ligaments is a more complex surgery. youll prob not be walking for at least month. usually a cast for like 10 days and a boot.

  19. QUESTION:
    how can you avoid bone spurs, i think due to ice skates...?
    hello,

    10 year old has been taking ice lessons since January and we are noticing some small bone spurs onthe side of her ankle and the top of her foot, how big can they grow? she would like to continue on to figure skating, but this is freaking me out. She has been using the rented ice skates which are like a very hard plastic, will the leather ones help?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter just turned 11 and has been skating for 2.5 years. She too, started in rentals. She got her first pair of skates 2 months after she started skating and it made a world of difference for her! If your daughter wants to continue skating, I highly recommend you look into buying her her own skates. You and your daughter will be amazed by the difference between using the rental skates and her own skates!

      As for the bone spurs, I can't give a lot of advice here. I will say that my daughter developed a small one recently and her coach told us it was likely from a pressure point in her skate. We added some gel disks to the area and that seems to help. FWIW, the spur has not gotten any worse. Oh my daughter's coach also recommended we ice the area after she skates. The gel disks are called Bunga Pads.

      http://www.bungapads.com/store.cfm/ses_/details.cfm,list,x,8,0,GD,x,x,x/Ankle%2FShin%20Protection/Bunga%20Gel%20Disc/ They are kinda pricey, but they seem to help my daughter.

      Here are some much cheaper gel discs that might help too:
      http://www.rainbosports.com/shop/site/product.cfm/id/4AC58D2D-475A-BAC0-5382435150D32E3C

      As was suggested before, you might consider asking a coach at the rink about your daughter's bone spurs. He/she might have a good idea of what you can do to help the problem. They should also be able to direct you to someone who can help you find skates for your daughter, should you decide to buy her a pair.

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Loose Ligaments and Possible Bone Spur in Ankle?
    About 2 months ago i hurt my ankle/foot. I was in a boot for 6 weeks. When i went to the doctor on Jan. 14th they said i had very loose ligaments and a possible bone spur. They put me in physical therapy to help my loose ligaments but after doing a lot of pt has been hurting more and more in the area they said i may have a bone spur. I go back to the doctor on Feb. 15 and i was wondering what they will do for my possible bone spur. My foot also has the tingle feeling and numbness.

    Thanks!(:

    • ANSWER:
      They may give you a cortisone shot for the bone spur. It took care of my heel spur.

  21. QUESTION:
    bone spur in the ankle?
    so i play soccer and i dont want to quit or sit out just cause of a bone spur. It doesnt hurt while i'm playing, it just hurts after practice and when im walking up and down steps at school(we have lots of steps lol) Its on the inside part of the ankle, rigt above the ankle by that tendon, i'm pretty sure its a bone spur, but im not positive, i wanna try to heal it myself before i go to the doctor cause i dont want to have to sit on the bench. lol do i wrap it? how? how do i heel it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      First of all I am sorry that you have this pain which prevents you from running playing soccer normally.

      However, from your description it is very hard to determine exactly what is wrong with your foot.

      It can be anything from a "simple" stress pain caused by soccer or a case of Achilles Tendinitis.

      1) In general you should be completely resting your injured foot - No walking or standing at all I am afraid.

      2) Ice your heel/ankle at least 4 times a day, either by applying ice directly or by rolling a frozen bottle under your heel when you sit down.

      3) Take pain medication like Advil only if needed

      Now, In order to understand your condition better and to give you a better diagnosis please answer these questions:

      1) Is it sensitive to the touch/press on it?
      2) Where exactly is the pain located? do you have pain in your heel as well?
      3) Do you have high or low arches in your feet?
      4) Is the pain just as bad as when you were "injured" or there is some improvement after resting?
      5) Is there any redness or bruising visible?
      6) What kind of shoes you usually wear?
      7) Is there a visible bump/lump on the back of your heel?

      Again, if you can answer these then I will be able to help.
      You can write to me directly if you prefer, my email is in my Yahoo profile.

      Good luck and feel better.

  22. QUESTION:
    i had ankle surgery to remove a little beak/bone spur on the top of my foot?
    I had this surgery july 8th and i walked about 3 quarters of a mile without my boot Saturday. My foot was in horrible pain yesterday and is so far today.. could i have messed up the surgery.. or did the joints just get inflamed and need rest? (In the surgery they just removed this little beak thing and were not digging around or anything so i figured there wouldnt be anything to actually MESS UP)

    • ANSWER:
      When you are on your feet for extended periods of time, you must wear shoes that are designed with a sturdy foundation. Most shoes on the market have very little surface are actually contacting the ground. Your relief will come almost instantly with a shoe like the New Balance MW927BK, MW977GT, M587NV and MR1123MC. These are all shoe models that have total contact bottoms and very strong foundations. I can't stress enough how they take the strain off the feet, ankles and knees. Also, put the New Balance Sport Cushion Insole inside the New Balance Shoe instead of using the factory insoles. The shoes and insoles are not cheap but they will certainly provide you with the relief you are desperately needing. Thanks and good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone had bone spurs removed?
    im having bone spurs removed from my ankle, i would like to know recovery times from the surgery, will i be in a cast etc. x

    • ANSWER:
      "theirs no such thing as big boned its just an excuse chubby ppl make
      first of all, yes their is! scond of all, i hope when they take ur bone spurs removed i hope u choke and GAG! AHHHHHHH!

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you get a bone spur on your ankle!!?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can. Bone spurs can form on any bone of the body. You can see how many people have eliminated bone spurs naturally at: http://www.bonespur.com

  25. QUESTION:
    Will having bone spur removal surgery on the back of ankles disqualify you from firefighter test? ?
    My friend needs to have bone spurs removed, but he is afraid if he does it before he tests to be a firefighter, then he will be disqualified when they look into his medical records. Is this true? Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Medical test for firefighters and police officers are very, very strict. They have absolutely plenty of applicants. So they will choose the "cream of the crop". They will disqualify a person for practically anything. So tell your friend that if he can put off the surgery and still function, then that's the way to go. And in that instance, he can have the surgery AFTER he's on the job. (take sick leave, etc., etc.).

  26. QUESTION:
    I think I have a bone spur?
    About 1/2 inch below my ankle bone, there's a lump that looks and feels like a pencil underneath my skin. That area hurts when I put weight on my foot.
    Do you think it's a bone spur? Do I have to have surgery to remove it?

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  27. QUESTION:
    Eventer with bone spurs?
    My 12 y/o eventer/ex race horse has been having lameness problems, first from a twisted ankle on the xcountry course and then after recovering completely, developed lameness on her other foreleg, which after a month and eventual x-rays showed bone spurs that caused inflammation in her coffin joint. Our vet also had us shoe her with trailers to support her ligaments and had the farrier help her with break-over. She was treated with a cortisone shot and has since been a ton better but she still has off days. These are usually accompanied by some slight swelling in her pastern and fetlock joint. She is on Smartflex maintenance and wears support boots when ridden. I was hoping to get some advice on support boots that do the best job and any advice on supplements and bringing my girl back to work that anyone would like to offer. Thanks so much!
    My mare is very bold on the course and twisted her ankle chasing another horse before I could get her stopped (she wears a pelham). She did not show lameness from this until the next day after overnight in her stall. Her bone spurs are a recent development- The vet doesn't see why she shouldn't continue jumping, I'm just looking for help to prevent/control any arthritis or inflammation flare ups and people's favorite brands of support boots.
    Thanks again,
    Rory
    Just for refrence, my mare was retired at the age of 3 for "bleeding" and was brought back a year later to win a good bit of money. She was retired and had a filly. She is 15.3 hh, ( photo here: http://www.pedigreequery.com/index.php?search_bar=&query_type=additional&horse=TARA+SHANI&h=TARA+SHANI&country=&color=b&foals=1&runners=&winners=&stakeswinners=&aei=&ci=&awd=&picture=http%3A%2F%2Fi24.tinypic.com%2F2mcwoli.jpg&website=http%3A%2F%2F&breeder=Kissoon+Thoroughbreds&owner=Ashley+Randel&height=15.3&studfee=&state=MN&starts=&first=&second=&third=&earnings=&blacktype=0&raceswon=&conformation=&comments= )

    • ANSWER:
      Wow she's nice looking...but I'm a sucker for those plain bays..I have no idea why, always have been...

      Anyway, on to more important things...there isn't much you can do about those bone spurs. They will probably always hurt her unless you have them surgically removed, but I don't know if that's worth it. That's your call. All you can to is make her comfortable by providing anti-inflammatories during flare ups, maybe even regular cortisone shots, although masking the problem will only hurt her more so I would just take it easy during her flare ups and accept that as part of owning this particular horse. I think the joint supplements are a great idea, and I would use some support boots when riding, not just those splint boots or tendon boots as others mentioned. They key with your horse is support, not just keeping herself protected from bumps.

      I really don't think you can go wrong with Sports Medicine Boots. If you put them on correctly they give a lot of support (most people put them on too loose). I have a horse with an old bowed tendon, and I ride her with SMBs every time, and she has never had a problem with that tendon again (knock on wood). I know not all of that has to do with the boots, but I definitely think they help.

  28. QUESTION:
    help i have bone spurs in my feet and now my ankles are hurting why?
    i have had them for years they quit hurting for a long time so i thought they went away can they come back? were they still there? and now the back of my ankles are hurting why ? any relief

    • ANSWER:
      I have heel spurs also. Your ankles probably hurt because you've changed your normal stride to help cope with the pain from the spurs.

      You may want to see a podiatrist. He/she can get you custom orthotic inserts for your shoes that will adjust your stride to what nature intended. That will relieve the pain, very quickly.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bone spur on ankles?
    bone spur on the tip of the heel

    • ANSWER:
      Use a heating pad and make up a cotton compress with Castor oil (put a plastic bag around your whole foot, because it can get messy.) It should take about two weeks if you apply it nightly for 30 minutes. If that doesn't work, see a doctor.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are active ankle braces good for rugby players to wear?
    about 7 months ago, I tore all the ligaments in my ankle while running during football practice... i recently went back to the hospital for x-rays and there's a bone spur and doctors reccomended that I wear an active ankle brace for rugby. but I don't know whether I should buy the active ankle brace or one of the lace up braces and tape.

    • ANSWER:
      Active Ankle braces are not good. I would recommend a lace up brace either the ASO ankle brace or a similar one. I am 19 and have a really bad ankle and use the ASO brace for soccer and tennis. The Active Ankle is too restrictive and bulky. Hit me up on AIM for any other advice DunkinDunn.

  31. QUESTION:
    What tool does a surgeon use to "break" a bone?
    I have to get surgery on my foot (for a bunion which is like a bone spur)...anyway, its not really major surgery but I do have to be off of it for 6 or so weeks. The bones connecting my big toe (from tip to ankle) has to be broken twice.

    Just curious, how exactly does the surgeon break the bone? Is it with special scissor/clamps, or is it more like a hammer? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually with a chisel like instument and a hammer.

  32. QUESTION:
    what are bone spurs. are they little spurs ...?
    when im on my feet too long my ankles are sooo sore i cant stand.. is that a bone spur?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to recategorize your question under health, this is sports

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does my foot tingle from an ankle sprain?
    I rolled my ankle really bad about a month ago and had it x-rayed and the results said no fractures, just some bone spurring. But for the last month the top of my foot has been tingling kind of like it is asleep. Not sure what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      trauma causes some kind of disruption to the body- in your case when you rolled there was compression to the tissues and nerves around your ankle. The sensation that you are describing is nerve in origin. you may have stretched the nerves or inflammation may have compressed the nerves around that area. It is also possible that the bone spurring is causing the compression.don't forget too tight or improperlyfitting foot wear can cause compression hence the tingling.

  34. QUESTION:
    Stitches after an ankle arthroscopy?
    I had an ankle arthroscopy on my right ankle to remove to rather big bone spurs from the front of my ankle 1 month and 9 days ago and have gotten back to sport. Running is no problem but kicking the footy is giving me trouble. The incision was made on the left and right side the right side which is on the inside is right over a bone and i recieve a sharp pain whenever I kick. Is there anything I can and should do to either speed up the healing process or pad the scar?

    • ANSWER:
      Nathan, I am sure that the surgeon has explained to you that the spurs had to be taken off. The way that this is done is with a burr or miniature saw. The ends of the bones are going to be extremely sore and tender. What you are experiencing is not unusual. You are going to have to give this area time to completely heal. It is going to take around the same time as if you had suffered a fracture. The best way to handle this is to pad the area as extensively as you can. The padding will reduce the amount of impact imparted to the area. Just give it some time to finish the reconstruction that is going on in that area.

  35. QUESTION:
    Somebody said i might have a bone spur in my foot? The symptoms are listed below?
    my foot is kind of painful in the back of the heel, towards the right part of the ankle, when i'm not doing anything, just walking. It is partially swollen and it hurts a bit to the touch. When i run for about 2-3 minutes there is this incredible pain that causes me to limp everywhere. if not a bone spur, could you please tell me what it could be? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      could be plantar faciitis. It hurts in a similar way. My doc said it'd hard to tell apart with out an xray. One of the features of both is that it hurts more when you've been off of it and then step on it. Like first thing in the morning when you first get out of bed. The more you step on it the better it feels. It almost sounds like you have a "stone bruise". It's a deep bruise that hurts more when you step on it. It takes a long time to recover. Much you can do about it.

  36. QUESTION:
    anyone had bone spurs?
    i have them in my ankle, whats the surgery like and how long till full reovery, when could you walk again and are you in a cast?any help greatly appreciated. much love x

    • ANSWER:
      I currently have as bone spur on the bottom of my foot under the ankle. My Physician stated that I should wear the flex sole in my shoe for one month and if that did not solve the problem, a minor surgery could remove the spur which is said would keep me from work from 3 to 5 days

      You would not have a reason to be in a cast to just remove the spurs.

  37. QUESTION:
    [photo] Do I have an extra bone in my foot?
    If so what is it? Maybe an extra ankle bone? These things came up when I did an internet search: an accessory navicular, os trigonum syndrome, or a bone spur

    I just noticed it today....please be nice and if you think it's gross don't tell me that it's ugly or deformed

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/51998038@N05/4791105713/

    • ANSWER:
      most people have a extra bone in their foot, it normal if you do tho. hay, 1 out of 50 ppl have a extra rib

  38. QUESTION:
    Ankle Surgery?
    I have severe arthritis in one of my ankles. I have a bone chips and a bone spur in the ankle. It often swells and hurts. I know that if I lost some weight that it would help. Problem is that I don't want to excercise on it. When I went to the Ortho about it they said that I would basically have two options a bone fusion and a ankle replacement. But I was wondering if they would be able to just go in orthoscopically and remove the bone chip and the bone spur?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you really want advice on any type of surgery from a website?

      The only thing you can do is to get a second opinion from a diff Ortho. ask then your question about the removing the chip and they may be able to exlain in detail if it is not an option.

      best of luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    Leg/knee/ankle pain?
    I'm going to be seeing my doctor about this but I was just looking for some input from people who may have had thye same or a similar problem.

    For a while now (months/years) I have a pain in the back of my left thigh whenever I sit for a long time...particularly at work or when driving for an extended period (I work at a computer all day so I'm kind of forced to) I used to think it wasn't anything that needs worrying about. However, recently (a few weeks) my knee had been achy on occasion, and my ankle has been achy consistently but only after I've been sitting for a while, and they hurt more when I use them while sitting (particularly working the clutch in my car). Origininally I was under the impression I may have a bone spur in my ankle, dismissing the lesser pain in my knee and left thigh. Now I'm wondering if the pain in my ankle could possibly be linked to the problem with my knee and thigh. Anyone ever dealt with anything like this?
    Extra details...I'm 22 and the pain goes away when I'm standing, walking, or running. It only happens when I'm sitting, and goes away fairly quickly after I'm no longer sitting (30-60 minutes)

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a few issues going on with your body. 1. arthritis. i know that sounds scary but if you are over 30 you can be at risk for it. 2. Over compensating your leg can lead to other issues. aka, if you have a bone spur in your heel you will walk differently, that will cause your whole leg to hurt. even your back. But, that one problem can lead to other injuries in your whole leg.. ex. bone spur causes you to walk differently, you go to turn the wrong way and you get a meniscal tear in your knee because your ankle started hurting. that kind of thing 3. maybe you do have issues with all those problems that you listed. It is a good thing that you are going to a doctor to get further treatment, incase it is all those problems that have nothing to do with one another.
      If it is just the spur that is the problem, they can surically remove the spur, and maybe have all your leg problems dissapear! either way. good luck and i hope i helped. i rambled a lot here. lol

  40. QUESTION:
    how do you make a bone-spur not hurt?
    there is a small bone-spur on the front of my ankle that started to hurt 6 months ago, stopped hurting as bad 4 months later, then started again now. pain killers dont help. how can i make it not a bother while doing sports?
    (natural suplements, ice, heat, exercise, etc??)

    • ANSWER:
      You might go see a good foot specialist (podiatrist). Sometimes a insole insert made just for your foot can help. I have also seen a special temporary night time devise worn that resembles a brace like cast but is removeable which puts your foot into a specific position that relieves the spur and if used regularly WILL aleviate it completely.
      Ask a foot doctor about some options and research it yourself and see what is available for help because I know there is HELP for this now.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle hurt?
    My ankle has been hurting for about 2 weeks now. And it has just been getting worse. I havent sprained or twisted it or anything, I just woke up one day and it hurt, and now it hurts worse. My boyfriend thinks it could be a bone spur, and he said it usually last about a month. I'm soooo sick of limping.......Any Ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I would have it checked out by your local othopedic specialist. It could be something serious, or like your boyfriend said, a bone spur.

  42. QUESTION:
    Ankle Fusion Opinion?
    I had a mountain bike accident 5 years ago and have gone through a TON or surgeries and procedures and now my ankle unaligned, has spurs and every step is painful. I spoke with an orthopedic surgeon and the recommended a complete ankle fusion but did suggest I get a second opinion (well my insurance won't cover that) so I just wanted to see what advice I could get from here. I am leaning toward the fusion because I am sooo tired of the pain and the pain meds. I can't walk three steps without the pain. So if there are any professionals out there that could give me some information or opinions I would appreciate it. I am 34 years old and have gone through multiple surgeries, physical therapy (over and over), braces, etc. There is no cartilage between the talus and the tibia. the talus is tilted significantly to one side so I am bone on bone. I have spurs all over, on the sides of my ankle, one has attached itself from the fibula to the talus and so on. I could go on with about 6 more examples of those. I am just looking for opinions and more "ammunition" to make my decision! Your help is greatly appreciated.
    ok a little bit more information, I have worked with a physical therapist and sports "therapist" for the past four years. We did discuss trimming the spurs up but he said that from the way I healed from the accident (I fell off a bike and my foot stuck in the strap and continued to rotate in the strap as I fell - my toes were pointing backwards, the bone was starring straight at me through the skin and I had to wait in the woods for three hours before they found me, I happened to turn my foot around right after I fell which my original surgeon said saved my foot). my fear is that I have been through 4 surgeries and 10 days in the hospital for this stupid ankle and I am so so so tired of it all, i just want it to be over with but that being said I don't want to rush into anything. That is why I am here, asking others, I so appreciate your help and advice. Usually I know what to do and am very confident about my decisions - my gut is saying fusion but my head is saying SLOW down. Th
    Hey Buddy!! Yes this is all your fault! lol...just joking. I will get through it no doubt I just have to make sure that I am doing the right thing and I love the advice and information that I can get from here. It eases my mind. Let me know your life is going!!! It has been a LONG time.

    • ANSWER:
      If your surgeon suggests that you seek a 2nd opinion he is obviously not competent that this is the the best course of action for you. Fusions are not "fix all" surgeries and they are not a science. What happens is that they go in and fuse the bones together with a metal plate. This can prove detrimental b/c it a) limits your ROM and b) can cause blow out of other vital bones in the area. I have seen clients with this who have NOT had good results at all.

      Here is my advice to you. Find out what your options are from another professional. Try to find someone who is more interested in either a homeopathic approach to healing or someone who is a skilled surgeon. Sounds like to me that instead of a fusion, what you need it someone to go in and clean that area out first and dull down those spurs. I would seek an orthopedic surgeon who is skilled at treating athletes injuries. They see this kind of stuff and specialize in it.

      You might also want to amp up the physical therapy and find someone who is willing to work with you, daily and teach you ways to get your ROM and use back. I would try anything before I did the fusion.

  43. QUESTION:
    Severe pain in my foot/ankle..?
    I tore my achilles years ago and have had trouble since. I have been to several docs(all types) and have been told that I have nothing wrong. My foot swells up, turns blue and tingles.If I take lots of ibuprofin and ice it, it seems to feel better. I have had tons of physical therapy to regain at least most of my foots mobility. I injured it again a year ago and was told I do have bones spurs all over my foot/ankle. It was suggested that I have surgery to remove them. Is it wise to have the surgery? I am am worried that I will be told that the pain will never go away. It gets so bad at times that I can't walk and it interferes with my daily life which is pretty hectic. Any suggestions? Should I go for the surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      With physical therapy: did you have a technique used called iontophoresis using acetic acid? I have used it and it can help to break down heel spurs. Worth a try before the surgery.

      It does sound like venous insufficiency. Have you been to a vascular doctor? Another foot doctor/podiatrist's opinion would be well worthwhile.

      If all else fails, go for the surgery.

  44. QUESTION:
    Ankle problem pls help?
    Ok. I been experience this sharp shooting stabbing pain in my left ankle on the outside the pain last between 5sec to 30sec i get this shooting pain like every 5 mins it breath taking i was told about 2 yrs ago that i got a bone spur due truma in the ankle 8 yrs. Do u no anything i can do 2 stop this pain or what to do when i get it. Oh yea after i get the pain when it goes way for a min i get an burning sensation pls help and thank u

    • ANSWER:
      You should go to the doctor and have your ankle x ray ed.

  45. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had ankle impingement due to ganglions in the ankle joint?
    i have a two hard lumps which move a little and crunch on both sides of my left ankle on the anterior side, my dorsiflexion is limited and somethings getting pinched. im unsure if its ganglions or bone spurs, im going to get x rays on thurs, do ganglions show up on x rays? and what is recovery time after removal of ganglions? sorry for all these questions in one, any help greatly appreciated! x
    That sounds great, i was hoping i had ganglions rather than bone spurs, i have x rays tomorrow, i didnt realise they would show up...and 2-6 weeks sounds great i had 3 months in my head, thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      The ganglion cysts an be removed. If it is bone spurs they can be removed as well.
      It sounds like you ganglion cycts, which are like fluid filled sacs on the nerves. Surgery lasts about 30 minutes or so, depending on how big the cysts are, but they are not too complicated to remove.
      They can be detected by doing x-rays. Recovery is usually anywhere frm 2-6 weeks. You won't need physical therapy. You will have a bandage, and you will need to keep it clean and dry. The most important thing is that you will need to keep the ankle and foot elevated to keep the sweeling down. You will be on crutches too during those weeks you are recovering from surgery and take the pain relievers prescribed by your doctor.
      Ganglion cysts can be very painful. I would get them removed before they get any bigger.
      See your doctor and talk about all your options and the best way to help you and the pain you are in right now.
      Best of luck. Hope I helped.

  46. QUESTION:
    Bone Spur!?! Do I need crutches?!?
    OK, well i found out i have a bone spur in my foot lik right at my ankle. I was told That I could get it surgicaly removed or they could inject it to make it dissolve. I relly dont want to get surgery, so im thinking of going with the injection. If they do that will I need crutches, so like my foot can kind of heal? Please answerr

    • ANSWER:
      Eh... Bone spurs are the worst. My dad has had 4 surgeries on his bone spurs. They seem to keep coming back. I would recommend some form of cast or crutches to limit the damage caused by the bone spur

      you can find discounted crutches and casts at http://www.vitalitymedical.com
      http://www.vitalitymedical.com/Catalog/Braces-Splints-Supports-29-.html
      http://www.vitalitymedical.com/Catalog/Canes-Walkers-Crutches-1-.html

  47. QUESTION:
    I have a bone spur on the back of my heel.?
    I had surgery before on my ankle. I gust I need it on the back of the heel. I am very nerves when I get surgery. wish me luck. I am going to call my dotor. It is in very bad pain ugh.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a bone spur in both of my heels and it is very painful. I have to have surgery as well. My sister had surgery last year for a heel spur and she is glad she did, no more pain, at all.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long is recovery from a bone spur surgery?
    I had a bone spur Surgery on my pinkie toe last Friday (4days ago). My doctor told me by today I should be back to normal with a little bruised feeling where the stitch is. However, from my ankle down is really swollen and I cannot walk or stand for longer than 20 min. I have tried ice packs throughout the day. Elevating my foot. Painkillers. I don't know anyone who has had this kind of surgery done and just have to go by what the doc says. Anyone know the real recovery time?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Ankle complications?
    Broke L ankle 5 years ago in 3 places, 2 years later had surgery to remove hardware and potential diagnosis of osteomyletis (which I didn't end up having), 1 year later surgery for bone spur (caused by the hollowing out of the bone in the prior surgery), 1 year later surgery for nerve entrapment. Currently no cartilidge in the L ankle, not sure what to do, painful and swollen everyday. Suggestions welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      All you have had been natural complications of the first accident, just pain killers in moderation and keep away from strong movements, use crutches to walk, and use ointments on it as "tiger" it will help not only to reduce the pain, but the swelling.

  50. QUESTION:
    Hard, bone-like bup inder skin?
    I have a hard bum on my foot, I went to a podiatrist and he was no help ARGGGGHHHHH!!! Its kinda below my ankle but on my foot. The dr said it was definitely bone, What could it be? could it be a bone spur?

    • ANSWER:
      That's a common place for bone spurs to occur. See another podiatrist, and tell the first one he sucks. At a minimum, x-rays are in order.