Bone Spur: Causes & Symptoms

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Bone Spurs or osteophytes are extra bones that appear as a raised projection due to continuous pressure and wear and tear of the bones. This condition usually occurs at joints, hips, feet, spine, shoulders, knees and hands.

A person suffering from this condition experiences severe pain in the region accompanied by inflexibility at that point. This occurs due to obstruction in free movement of the joint, leaving the person immobile. Being educated, prepared, and a little cautious can prevent the further occurrence of bone spurs.

Causes of Bone Spur

Bone spurs may arise due to several reasons, most of which are natural. It may occur due to the following:

  • Aging
  • Change in the calcium regime of the body
  • Tissue degeneration
  • General wear, and tear
  • Physiological changes
  • Obesity
  • Applying continuous pressure
  • Excessive use of joints as in jogging, heavy exercise, racing, dancing or while playing games

Basically, the underlying factors are the tearing of cartilage, the softening of tendons and the gradual weakening of muscles.

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Symptoms of Bone Spur

One can easily make out the presence of bone spur in the body. Some of the symptoms are summed up below:

  • Sharp or smooth projection beneath the skin
  • Restricted movement along the joints
  • Noticeable swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Most common in arthritis patients
  • Numbness
  • Calluses and corns occur in the foot due to excessive tissue damage

There are simple and easy to perform home remedies that are readily available for treating bone spurs. Although if the problem persists, one must consult a doctor, as the growing bone spur can damage the surrounding nerves.

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