The Bone Spur On Top Of Foot HOME Treatment Guide!

Do You Have A Bone Spur On Top Of Foot? These are due to osteoarthritis and poor bio-mechanics. STOP living in pain, make this pain GO AWAY with simple home treatments!

 

Watch this video above for more information about bone spurs, their cause and their treatment!!!

 

 

Table of Contents

What Is A Top Of The Foot Bone Spur?

 

A bone spur on top of the foot forms due to abnormal friction and stress on the bone.

 

  • As the bones of the mid-foot rub against each other, the bone re-enforces itself over many years. This is the development of osteoarthritis.
  • This is similar to a callus forming in a high pressure area in response to rubbing on the bottom of your foot.
  • The same thing will happen to the bone on the top of your foot with extended jamming and pressure of the joint.
  • A top of the foot bone spur is very common, especially in someone with a very high arched foot. This higher arch can lead to more frequent jamming in the mid-foot and rubbing against the top of your shoe.

 

 

Bone Spur On Top Of Foot
A top of the foot bone spur usually occurs at the 1st metatarsal cuneiform joint. This is called a dorsal foot exostosis.

 

Overview of The Best Home Treatment Options in 2019:

  • Keep reading this very, very loooooong guide for more details.
  • But your foot flattening out is the primary cause of your developing bone spurs.
  • Great shoes and great orthotics are the best way to stop your pain.
  • The spur only goes away with surgery, but orthotics can get rid of 90%+ of your pain!

 

Instant Pain Relief Options For Pain:

  • We love both ice and biofreeze for instant pain relief.
  • Studies show menthol based creams like biofreeze can work 2x as long as ice in pain relief.
  • These are safer than medications.

 

Best Bottom of the Foot & Heel Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream  | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$29.87
$25.90
$143.14
$36.97
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Don't put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn't prevent pain, just helps it.
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It's basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"Like I stated earlier, I am a huge fan of this product and I will happily buy this product again. I'm so glad I finally found it online (lol), rather than having to make a trip to the pharmacy."
"The main ingredient is menthol and the cool sensation is long lasting. You have to try this product. Trust me, I've tried them all and there's no comparison!"
"This stuff is GREAT! Value sized!!"
"The cream helps with my nerve pain for several hours , giving me relief on the job. It doesn't take much , I use very little , it goes along way, as long as it is rubbed in properly. I will definitely be purchasing this again. I also gave to a friend that has fibromyalgia, she said it helped with her aches and pains to relieve pressure for a few hours. This is definitely a 5 star purchase."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Bottom of the Foot & Heel Pain Relief Products
Best & Proven Pain Relieving Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Pack of 3
Price:
$29.87
Overview:
The Proven and Scientifically Published Menthol Based Gel
Pros:
Scientifically proven to loosen up and relief pain up to 2x longer than Ice. Less effort than ice and great reviews. 900+ 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Cons:
Don't put this on open sores or mucous membranes, it will burn! It can run out quick and doesn't prevent pain, just helps it.
Important Tips:
Menthol is the active ingredient in this and other hemp based creams. It works similar to ice, but once you apply it you can just move on rather than waiting 20 minutes. **Works great to get your through the night if you have pain sleeping**
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"Like I stated earlier, I am a huge fan of this product and I will happily buy this product again. I'm so glad I finally found it online (lol), rather than having to make a trip to the pharmacy."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Bottom of the Foot & Heel Pain Relief Products
Roll On Version of Biofreeze Gel.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 3 oz. Roll-On, Fast Acting, Long Lasting, & Powerful Topical Pain Reliever, Pack of 3
Price:
$25.90
Overview:
Same as biofreeze gel, but the roll-on is prefered by some people for their feet, less messy.
Pros:
The roll-on application of this biofreeze can be easier to apply. Less overall mess.
Cons:
Not as easy to spread in other areas, main difference is the roll on applicator, same solution.
Important Tips:
Roll-on method is best for the bottom of the feet. No other real advantage. Most patients like it prior to bed for easy sleeping without foot pain.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"The main ingredient is menthol and the cool sensation is long lasting. You have to try this product. Trust me, I've tried them all and there's no comparison!"
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Bottom of the Foot & Heel Pain Relief Products
A giant container of value size biofreeze.
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 1 Gallon Pump, Green
Price:
$143.14
Overview:
8.1 lbs(3.67 kg) of Value Sized Biofreeze!
Pros:
If you know you already love it and trust the reviews. This is a great value that lasts a long time.
Cons:
A gigantic bottle that could fall over and injure you! Seriously this could be too big in some situations.
Important Tips:
If you know you love it, this stuff works all over the sore areas in your body not just your foot. I have had many people get me to order this for them in the past and LOVED IT!
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"This stuff is GREAT! Value sized!!"
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Bottom of the Foot & Heel Pain Relief Products
Menthol Based Ointment with Hemp Extract
HEMPACTIV Hemp Pain Relief Cream  | Hemp + MSM + Arnica + Menthol | Relieve Muscle, Joint & Arthritis Pain | Effective Hemp Pain Cream | 2oz
Price:
$36.97
Overview:
This is an alternative cream: Basically Biofreeze + hemp extract.
Pros:
It has great reviews, loved by the all natural crowd. 100s of 5 star reviews with a near perfect rating.
Cons:
Basically looks like menthol(active Biofreeze ingredient), but with hemp extract SKYROCKETING the price.
Important Tips:
The hemp extract is almost nothing and likely a marketing gimmick. It's basically Biofreeze with some hemp extract raising the price.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"The cream helps with my nerve pain for several hours , giving me relief on the job. It doesn't take much , I use very little , it goes along way, as long as it is rubbed in properly. I will definitely be purchasing this again. I also gave to a friend that has fibromyalgia, she said it helped with her aches and pains to relieve pressure for a few hours. This is definitely a 5 star purchase."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!

 

Recommended Full Length Orthotics:

  • Full length orthotics prevent your foot from flattening out.
  • The downside is they take up the most room in your shoe!
Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Overall Orthotic For Everything (Medium Thick Fit)
Best Heavy Duty Orthotic (Thickest Fit)
Best SOFTER Choice For Sensitive Feet (Medium Thick Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Shoe Insoles
Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Full Length Orthotic Shoe Insoles
Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Insoles for Men and Women Shoe Inserts - Orthotic Inserts - Flat Feet Foot - Running Athletic Gel Shoe Insoles - Orthotic insoles for Arch Pain High Arch - Boot Insoles
Price:
from $33.77
from $24.99
$19.99
Overview:
These work best in shoes with laces and running shoes. Not good for dress shoes or women's cute shoes.
Biggest and most corrective option. Only use for running shoes or work boots. Not cute shoes.
These are full length inserts, but softer. Great if you can't tolerate the firmer ones. Best for very sore and sensitive feet.
Pros:
Pretty much guaranteed to help you if it fits in your shoes and you give it 2 weeks to get used to. 5,000+ amazon reviews, great track record.
My personal favorite, but not for everyone. Amazing reviews over 3,500. But not for everyone. Only for bigger shoes that can fit them
They are softer and the initial break in time is AMAZING. But longer term benefits are less. >500 Almost 5 star amazon rating.
Cons:
Do not wear these in cute or dress shoes!
Bigger and bulkier than all the other ones. You will be dissappointed if you have a cute women's shoe or dress shoe. This is meant for running shoes and boots.
Great to start with, but don't correct long term as much as the other ones.
Crucial Tips:
Ease in to these, 1-2hrs a day. They are like braces for your teeth, they suck at the beginning! But they will make your feet pain free as 1-2 weeks go by. Don't give up on them after 1 or 2 days. Everyone feels off at the beginning!
This has the most correction, but hardest break in time! IF SENSITIVE, USE A SOFTER PAIR FIRST! But if you get these, you must break them in. Give it 1-2 hours a day, but then you will start to have excellent results. The bad reviews are all people who couldn't fit it into their shoes and gave up too quickly. You have been WARNED!
If you are very sore, TRY THESE FIRST! These are easiest to break in with initially. If you are very sore and rigid, don't use the heavy duty ones to start with.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"These have worked well for my plantar fasciitis. It's not cured, but has helped. I wish they had a higher arch, but they are doing what they are intended to do. Some others have complained about the durability. I've had them for about 5 months, and they are just fine. "
" The Powerstep inserts are definitely the best for me in terms of arch support and comfort, and the Pinnacle Maxx inserts make a MAJOR positive difference in my comfort and ability to get around."
"Plantar Fasciitis pain was getting pretty bad, so I bought these insoles looking for some relief. On Day One, I noticed that it was not as painful to walk as the prior day; still sore but a marked improvement. It's now Day Two and I'm not nearly feeling the pain that I felt before I tried these insoles"
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Overall Orthotic For Everything (Medium Thick Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Shoe Insoles
Price:
from $33.77
Overview:
These work best in shoes with laces and running shoes. Not good for dress shoes or women's cute shoes.
Pros:
Pretty much guaranteed to help you if it fits in your shoes and you give it 2 weeks to get used to. 5,000+ amazon reviews, great track record.
Cons:
Do not wear these in cute or dress shoes!
Crucial Tips:
Ease in to these, 1-2hrs a day. They are like braces for your teeth, they suck at the beginning! But they will make your feet pain free as 1-2 weeks go by. Don't give up on them after 1 or 2 days. Everyone feels off at the beginning!
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"These have worked well for my plantar fasciitis. It's not cured, but has helped. I wish they had a higher arch, but they are doing what they are intended to do. Some others have complained about the durability. I've had them for about 5 months, and they are just fine. "
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best Heavy Duty Orthotic (Thickest Fit)
Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Full Length Orthotic Shoe Insoles
Price:
from $24.99
Overview:
Biggest and most corrective option. Only use for running shoes or work boots. Not cute shoes.
Pros:
My personal favorite, but not for everyone. Amazing reviews over 3,500. But not for everyone. Only for bigger shoes that can fit them
Cons:
Bigger and bulkier than all the other ones. You will be dissappointed if you have a cute women's shoe or dress shoe. This is meant for running shoes and boots.
Crucial Tips:
This has the most correction, but hardest break in time! IF SENSITIVE, USE A SOFTER PAIR FIRST! But if you get these, you must break them in. Give it 1-2 hours a day, but then you will start to have excellent results. The bad reviews are all people who couldn't fit it into their shoes and gave up too quickly. You have been WARNED!
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
" The Powerstep inserts are definitely the best for me in terms of arch support and comfort, and the Pinnacle Maxx inserts make a MAJOR positive difference in my comfort and ability to get around."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Medium to Heavy Duty Heel Pain Orthotics:
Best SOFTER Choice For Sensitive Feet (Medium Thick Fit)
Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Insoles for Men and Women Shoe Inserts - Orthotic Inserts - Flat Feet Foot - Running Athletic Gel Shoe Insoles - Orthotic insoles for Arch Pain High Arch - Boot Insoles
Price:
$19.99
Overview:
These are full length inserts, but softer. Great if you can't tolerate the firmer ones. Best for very sore and sensitive feet.
Pros:
They are softer and the initial break in time is AMAZING. But longer term benefits are less. >500 Almost 5 star amazon rating.
Cons:
Great to start with, but don't correct long term as much as the other ones.
Crucial Tips:
If you are very sore, TRY THESE FIRST! These are easiest to break in with initially. If you are very sore and rigid, don't use the heavy duty ones to start with.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"Plantar Fasciitis pain was getting pretty bad, so I bought these insoles looking for some relief. On Day One, I noticed that it was not as painful to walk as the prior day; still sore but a marked improvement. It's now Day Two and I'm not nearly feeling the pain that I felt before I tried these insoles"
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!

 

Recommended Dress Shoe Orthotics:

  • Dress shoes need a different type of orthotic to relieve your pain and fit!
  • These sacrifice correction to actually fit into your shoe!

 

Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Fitting Dress Shoe Orthotic (3/4")
Best Full Length Dress Orthotic.
Powerstep Signature Dress 3/4-Length Insoles - Dress Shoe Insoles for Men and Women
Powerstep Signature Dress Full-Length Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
from $38.97
from $34.99
Overview:
This is my top choice due to best fit. It is a little less supportive than full length, but fit is the key in dress shoes!
Best option if you can fit a full length orthotic. This does give you most control.
Pros:
Excellent overall fit. This will fit in almost every dress shoe. Excellent reviews and reasonable cost overall. Can't go wrong in most cases.
Great color dress option. Not the most corrective, but very color and dress appropriate. Great Reviews. Better correction and relief than the 3/4" length.
Cons:
Less correction than full length and heavy duty orthotics.
These can have a poor fit in in some shoes. If you have tight shoes, DO NOT BUY the full length orthotic! You have been warned.
Crucial Tips:
If you haven't used dress orthotics before, get this one and avoid poor fit. If you wear dress shoes every day with room, the full length might give you more support.
This is will work great in most men's shoes that are not pointy. If you have a rounded toe box, this will probably work well. If a tight shoe go with the 3/4" length.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"Great orthotics. Ease in to shape to your foot just enough, yet comfortable right out of the box. Leather construction makes them breathable. They are good for a wide foot, while not over stretching and ruining one's shoes!"
"I have bought many different OTC orthotics due to plantar fasciitis. These are among the best. I use them exclusively now and they feel good inside both sports and shoes I wear to the office that have removable insoles."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Fitting Dress Shoe Orthotic (3/4")
Powerstep Signature Dress 3/4-Length Insoles - Dress Shoe Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
from $38.97
Overview:
This is my top choice due to best fit. It is a little less supportive than full length, but fit is the key in dress shoes!
Pros:
Excellent overall fit. This will fit in almost every dress shoe. Excellent reviews and reasonable cost overall. Can't go wrong in most cases.
Cons:
Less correction than full length and heavy duty orthotics.
Crucial Tips:
If you haven't used dress orthotics before, get this one and avoid poor fit. If you wear dress shoes every day with room, the full length might give you more support.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"Great orthotics. Ease in to shape to your foot just enough, yet comfortable right out of the box. Leather construction makes them breathable. They are good for a wide foot, while not over stretching and ruining one's shoes!"
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
Best Full Length Dress Orthotic.
Powerstep Signature Dress Full-Length Insoles for Men and Women
Price:
from $34.99
Overview:
Best option if you can fit a full length orthotic. This does give you most control.
Pros:
Great color dress option. Not the most corrective, but very color and dress appropriate. Great Reviews. Better correction and relief than the 3/4" length.
Cons:
These can have a poor fit in in some shoes. If you have tight shoes, DO NOT BUY the full length orthotic! You have been warned.
Crucial Tips:
This is will work great in most men's shoes that are not pointy. If you have a rounded toe box, this will probably work well. If a tight shoe go with the 3/4" length.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"I have bought many different OTC orthotics due to plantar fasciitis. These are among the best. I use them exclusively now and they feel good inside both sports and shoes I wear to the office that have removable insoles."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!

 

Recommended Tight Shoe Orthotics:

  • Flats, heels and women’s shoes need a different type of orthotic.
  • Make sure these fit in your shoe!

 

Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Overall 3/4" length option. (Not Heavy Duty, But Fit Focused)
Best Choice For Tight Women's Shoes or High Heels..
Thin Arch Support Shoe Orthotic Inserts for Women and Men by Powerstep, SlimTech 3/4 Length, Original Cushioning Shoe Insoles, Relieves Plantar Facsiitis, All Arch Types, Foot, Heel and Knee Pain
Powerstep SlenderFit Women's Fashion Orthotic High Heel Insole
Price:
from $25.00
from $29.92
Overview:
Great 3/4" choice. These work great in every shoe without laces. Not meant for heavy duty correction.
These are the best fitting for the most narrow shoes. Some but not great correction.
Pros:
Excellent fit, they are reliable with excellent reviews. You are going to be happy with these, just never SUPER happy because they don't correct as much.
They will fit in even the tightest shoes! Guaranteed to make you feel better, but you know what you are getting in a tight shoes. Great reviews and price.
Cons:
They are not super corrective. In some cases its like trying to using a 2 seat car to haul gravel. It looks and feels great but does
At the end of the day high heels and slender orthotics help, but never cure all your pain. Make the best of a painful shoe!
Crucial Tips:
These have a faster break in period than the heavy duty type. If after a few weeks
**WARNING***: If your shoe almost just barely fits onto your foot, this WILL NOT FIT! Be aware, it still needs a small amount of space to fit.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"This orthotic is the best I have tried, the other Powerstep have too high an arch for my feet, and are too thick in one's shoes, this one is just perfect, mild pronation and arch support, they are very comfortable yet do not give way due to their rigid support underneath, I use them in all my shoes as they are 3/4 and I do not have to take the sole from my shoes nor order a size up as I used to."
"These insoles provide as much support as the Powerstep originals. The insoles are comfy and they are long lasting. I've had one pair for a year now and they are just starting to show signs of wear. "
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Overall 3/4" length option. (Not Heavy Duty, But Fit Focused)
Thin Arch Support Shoe Orthotic Inserts for Women and Men by Powerstep, SlimTech 3/4 Length, Original Cushioning Shoe Insoles, Relieves Plantar Facsiitis, All Arch Types, Foot, Heel and Knee Pain
Price:
from $25.00
Overview:
Great 3/4" choice. These work great in every shoe without laces. Not meant for heavy duty correction.
Pros:
Excellent fit, they are reliable with excellent reviews. You are going to be happy with these, just never SUPER happy because they don't correct as much.
Cons:
They are not super corrective. In some cases its like trying to using a 2 seat car to haul gravel. It looks and feels great but does
Crucial Tips:
These have a faster break in period than the heavy duty type. If after a few weeks
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"This orthotic is the best I have tried, the other Powerstep have too high an arch for my feet, and are too thick in one's shoes, this one is just perfect, mild pronation and arch support, they are very comfortable yet do not give way due to their rigid support underneath, I use them in all my shoes as they are 3/4 and I do not have to take the sole from my shoes nor order a size up as I used to."
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!
Best Flat Shoe (Non-Lace Up) Orthotics:
Best Choice For Tight Women's Shoes or High Heels..
Powerstep SlenderFit Women's Fashion Orthotic High Heel Insole
Price:
from $29.92
Overview:
These are the best fitting for the most narrow shoes. Some but not great correction.
Pros:
They will fit in even the tightest shoes! Guaranteed to make you feel better, but you know what you are getting in a tight shoes. Great reviews and price.
Cons:
At the end of the day high heels and slender orthotics help, but never cure all your pain. Make the best of a painful shoe!
Crucial Tips:
**WARNING***: If your shoe almost just barely fits onto your foot, this WILL NOT FIT! Be aware, it still needs a small amount of space to fit.
Amazon Reviewer Comments (Make sure to do your own review research through the link):
"These insoles provide as much support as the Powerstep originals. The insoles are comfy and they are long lasting. I've had one pair for a year now and they are just starting to show signs of wear. "
Affiliate Link (Buying through these links helps support the site): Thank you!

 

Bone Spurs on Top of the Foot Symptoms?

  • The most common symptoms:
  • Numbness, burning or tingling due to nerve irritation.
  • Swelling and redness.
  • A big bump or lump in the midfoot under the skin.
  • It can lead to top of the foot numbness, burning and tingling, these types of symptoms can usually present in the middle of the night when your brain isn’t really focusing on many other things.
  • This type of night time pain can occur due to nerve compression at the top of the foot.

 

 

 

 

top of foot bump
This top of foot bone spur is unusually large. This is a case where surgery may be necessary to remove it.

 

 

Bone Spur on Top of the Foot Causes:

 

The causes of bone spurs on top of the foot are almost always osteoarthritis. This is the buildup of bone due to chronic overuse and poor biomechanics to the foot and surrounding areas.

 

  • Bone does not grow naturally on top of your foot.
  • It is usually a response to irritation or friction.
  • As mentioned above, it is a sign or arthritis.
  • The most common cause is dorsal compression syndrome.
  • This is when the top of the foot compresses through the bone.
  • As the top of the foot compresses, the bottom of the foot stretches out.
  • Other caues include degenerative joint disease or arthritis.

 

Dorsal Exostosis
A top of the foot or bottom of the foot heel spur will never go away without surgery. But pain can be very easily controlled.

 

Where else can bone spurs  on  the foot develop?

Bone Spurs are not limited to feet, although they are mostly found on the feet. Check out the links below to find more information about bone spurs in various locations.

  • Bottom of the foot or heel bone spur.

Heel spurs at the bottom of the foot or the heel bone are the most common type of foot spurs. This is associated with a condition called plantar fasciitis. Planter fasciitis is a biomechanical condition and the spur is almost a carrying out of the bone, this takes many years to develop.

Heel spur at the back of the heel is due to that point of the Achilles tendon. Chronic Achilles tendinitis can lead to significant pulling of the back of the heel bone, just like the heel spur on the bottom of the foot this can take many years to develop.

The calcaneal heel spur is also due to the plantar fascia, this is very similar to a heel spur on the bottom of the foot. The actual spur is generally not the problem, but the constant pressure on the plantar fascia is really the issue. If you can fix your planter fasciitis, your calcaneal heel spur should not be a problem.

A big toe joint spur is due to a condition called hallux rigidus. Hallux rigidus is arthritis of the big toe joint. There are many hallux rigidness treatments available, these usually do not require surgery. But the only true way to get rid of this bird is to perform surgery. We have had really good success correcting this with specific type of inserts, taping patterns and specific types of shoes.

Ankle bone spurs are due to ankle arthritis, this is also a biomechanical problem that takes many years to develop. With ankle arthroscopy you can do breed these and give your ankle numerous years of good ankle joint function. The real key is working on biomechanics, assessing where you have muscle dysfunction, and correcting this with good orthotics and good shoe gear choices.

Outside of the foot bone spurs are frequently due to pain on the outside of the foot. There are a few different biomechanical issues that can cause this. Read our guide on outside of the foot bone spurs and pain to learn more about this.

 

 

 

 

A Bone Spur on Top of the Big Toe:

  • A bone spur on top of the big toe is known as hallux rigidus.
  • This is osteoarthritis of the big toe joint.
  • Osteoarthritis of the big toe is something that takes numerous years to develop.

 

Why Do Bone Spurs Develop on Top of The Big Toe?

  • As your foot begins to flatten out, it begins to jam improperly.
  • It’s almost like thousands of microscopic little cracks develop within the joint.
  • As this starts to crack, and your bone starts to attempt to heal itself, but this eventually leads to thicker and more rigid bone.
  • This is usually something that takes many many years to develop, and we see in people who work or stand on their feet almost all day long.

 

How is This Different Than A Bunion?

  • This is much different than a bunion, this is the jamming of the big toe joint until you develop significant trauma to the site.
  • The bunion is more like a dislocation of the joint, where as hallux prejudice and a bone spur is more arthritis of the joint.
  • If you think of your joint as a Teflon frying pan, just pretend that the missing cartilage is like your frying pan missing the Teflon coating.

 

Hallux Rigidus surgery before and after
The red portion in this picture is removed in hallux rigidus surgery. This is a very effective surgery with a quicker healing time, the downside is that it takes longer to heal this.

 

 

Bone Spur on Top of the Big Toe Treatment:

  • Another name for a bone spur on top of the big toe is known as treatment of hallux rigidus.
  • There are conservative treatment options which prevent surgery.
  • Then there is surgery to actually remove the spur.

 

Conservative Treatment:

  • We have had tremendous success healing this issue with orthotics, taping, certain types of shoe and foot modifications. It is not unusual to get at least 50% pain relief by simply switching to a good shoe, and getting 75 or more percent relief further with good orthotics within your shoe.

 

 

Surgical Treatment:

  • Surgery is an option to remove the spur to the top of the big toe joint.
  • This is traditionally a very successful surgery as no implants or screws ever need to be placed.
  • It is simply a small cut that is made on top of the big toe joint and with specialized equipment we can trim down this extra bone spur.
  • Although this is considered more minor foot surgery, there are still extensive risks to any foot surgery that you would undergo.
  • So, do not enter into any type of surgery lightly.

 

 

Treatment Summary:

  • There are many treatment guides and they are explained best in this treatment video.

 

 

 

 

A Bone Spur On Top of The Foot:

  • This type of bone spur develops in the middle of the foot.
  • This is a joint called the Lisfranc joint.
  • This is also from your foot flattening out and causing pain, cartilage damage and eventually arthritis.

 

Bone Spur on Top of Foot Treatment:

There are two major treatments for bone spurs on top of the foot.  There is the natural remedies that do not involve surgery and the surgery treatment options. Both are good solutions with pros and cons.

 

 

Bone Spur on Top of the Foot Natural Remedies:

There are many different natural remedies for a bone spur on top of the foot. Read below for the Pros vs. Cons.

 

Natural Remedy Pros:
  • No surgery is needed.
  • These are always worth trying before starting down a surgery treatment pathway. Just make sure you are comfortable with the actual bump never disappear, but the pain will disappear.
  • There are many ways to treat or fix a bone spur on top of foot.
  • Even if natural remedies do not fix all of your pain, at least a portion of it usually does go away.

 

Natural Remedy Cons:
  • They will improve your pain level, but the spur will never go away.
  • The spur is a bone growth at the end of the day and short of significant osteoporosis this will never go away.
  • These routes can be expensive and do involve orthotics and the proper shoes.
  • These treatments are not fully guaranteed to work.

 

In this picture there are two separate possible spurs that could be rubbing against the shoe.

 

How to Treat or Fix a Bone Spur on Top of Foot Without Surgery:

The initial goal of treatment is to decrease the inflammation:

  • This over time will decrease the numbness, burning and tingling.
  • Top of foot numbness is due to a condition called neuropraxia.
  • As there is irritation around the nerve, it stops working properly.
  • But if the inflammation is removed, it will function again normally very soon.

 

 

Treatment will focus on control of inflammation:

1)Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation of the foot.

  • This will simply calm down the inflammation of the foot. This is more to feel better, not a permanent solution to the problem.

 

2)Oral anti-inflammatory medication.

  • NSAIDs like aspirin or Ibuprofen can help decrease the more significant pain. You do not want to do this permanently, this is more of a temporary solution.
  • While oral anti-inflammatories are successful in the short term, you do not want to make this something that your eye on for the rest of your life. Medications are not meant to fix a problem, but simply get you through the more painful state while you are able to find a more permanent solution.

 

3)Topical anti-inflammatory medication.

  • This is like the oral anti-inflammatory. These are gels like Voltaren gel or Biofreeze gel. These can really help in the short term making your foot feel better.
  • Just like the oral medications, topical medications are not meant to be a lifelong treatment. While these are a good option in the short term and the side effects are a little bit less, this is still a hassle to have to put this on very regularly. The real key to solving these are good biomechanical corrections like orthotics and shoe gear.

 

4) Better fitting and very supportive shoes.

  • A good rigid and supportive shoe like a running shoe can really help.
  • This is the single biggest issue that can be corrected.
  • Many patients that we see, simply wearing a good supportive shoe at work or a good supportive shoe at home will make all your pain go away.
  • Consider shoe brands like Asiics, Brooks, Saucony, New Balance, Hoka or even now brands like Sketchers can be very good.

 

5)Orthotics to control the foot structure the induced the improper foot structure.

  • A good supportive over the counter orthotic can really help.
  • Orthotics for a bone spur on the top of the foot greatly realign the bone structure of your foot.
  • The real goal of orthotics is to take the pressure off your bones in your joints, which lead to arthritis. The goal is then to switch this pressure on to your muscles which rather than getting arthritis, they simply get stronger and more powerful.
  • Orthotics strive to give you a good healthy functional foot without taking any medications or getting any surgery.

 

Bone spur top of the foot while running
Simply skipping the holes in the middle of your foot can take the pressure off the top of your bone spur while running.

 

 

6)Lacing pattern as seen above.

  • Skip the laces in the middle of the shoe.
  • If the problem is simply the top of the shoe pressing against the top of the foot, this is something to consider.
  • Skipping having compressive laces over the bone spur is the single most effective thing that we can do for you in the short term.
  • Some people develop the pain from having pain within the joint, but some people develop the pain from having their shoelace rubbing against the top of the big spur that development because of the joint pain.
  • This is a confusing concept to imagine sometimes, but the rubbing on top of the joint is more of a symptom of extremely long term rubbing within the joint.
  • By avoiding the leases covering this bone spur, it takes pressure off the superficial peroneal nerve which can become compressed between the skin and the bone spur underneath it.

 

 

For more:

 

Bone Spur On Top Of Foot
Controlling the abnormal motion that caused the top of the foot bone spur is essential to preventing symptoms from getting worse!

 

Bone Spur on Top of Foot from Running:

  • A bone spur on top of the foot from running is mainly irrated because your foot becomes more aggravated during running.
  • The amount of force your foot absorbs increases greatly, so it is more important to have great shoes and orthotics while running.
  • Another option is that there are better ways to exercise rather than pounding your feet into the ground thousands of times.
  • Especially if you are not in the greatest shape in the world.
  • Consider swimming and cycling as great alternatives.

 

Do These Spurs Ever Go Away?

A heel spur will never go away without surgery, but the pain can be removed!

  • Once bone is formed it is there to stay unless you consider surgery.
  • It is useless to try and remove the bone without performing surgery, but a good idea to try and decease the inflammation and preventing the pain that it is causing.
  • Surgery for a top of the foot bone spur is very common.
  • It is a procedure where a small incision is made on the top of the foot, then the bone is shaved off.
  • The pain caused by the spur can be controlled.
  • If it compresses nerves or causes tendonitis, this can be drastically decreased.
  • Different ways of tying your shoes can drastically decrease the pain.

 

 

Treatment that works: Bone Spur Surgery:

To permanently remove the bone spur, surgery will be necessary.

  • It may also be necessary to correct the improper biomechanics that led to the formation of the joint spur.
  • You should always try the non-surgery treatments first without question, they won’t remove the spur, but your pain will feel better.
  • Surgery can be minimal, but every surgery is generally considered a risk.
  • This is not something that you should take lightly, every surgery has associated risk factors.
  • Minimal incision are used and you should not have to be off your feet too long, although sutures generally stay in for 2 weeks.
  • You will likely be bandaged and in a boot for a couple weeks, then in a surgical shoe for a few more weeks.
  • Stitches usually come out in about 2 weeks.
  • There are more permanent solutions to a bone spur on top of your foot.

 

Top of the foot bone spur fracture
A bone spur from a significant fracture or severe arthritis may never go away on its own. This image is considered something called charcot arthropathy.

 

How Long is Bone Spur on Top of Foot Surgery Recovery Time:

Bone spur on top of the foot surgery recovery time is usually the time it takes to heal the incision site. Specifically it can take 2-3 weeks until sutures are removed. Most patients experience a recovery time of 2 weeks in a dressing and surgical shoe. They can then transition to a very comfortable surgical shoe for 3-4 weeks after this. Your foot may continue to be very sore for 6-8 weeks total until you can start to resume completely normal function.

Bone Spur Removal Surgery Recovery Time:

  • 2-3 weeks until suture removal, this includes wearing a dressing.
  • You are able to walk in a surgical shoe, but with more aggressive walking you will experience soreness.
  • At 3-4 weeks you will be best served wearing a big band aid over your foot, this will protect your incision site.
  • At approximately 6-8 weeks you can resume full function such as running and heavy duty lifting.
  • If you can only take 1 week off after surgery before needing to resume long work shifts, this surgery may not be for you.
Heel spur surgery boot
Using this boot will help keep pressure off your surgical site, this allows you to move around with much less pain, we generally will add an insert into this boot.

 

Bone Spur on Top of the Foot Surgery Recovery Time Protocol:

This guide will detail the length of specific step by step bone spur surgery recovery time.

 

Day 1: Top of the Foot Spur Removal Surgery Day:

  • The actually surgery takes well under an hour, and your foot is usually numbed up for the rest of the day.
  • Some people don’t need much if any pain medication outside of anti-inflammatories. If you do have pain to this site, then it is normal to have a prescription for a narcotic pain medication for the days immediately after the surgery.
  • After surgery you will wake up with a dressing on your foot. Keep this dressing in place and your pain will be well under control with medication.
  • No implants or bone healing is necessary, except for the healing of bone pain.
  • You can wear a boot over your dressing almost immediately.
  • Most physically able people do not need crutches or a walker unless they have other health issues.
  • Usually there are about 2 sutures in the foot.
Heel spur surgery icing and dressing
This is what your dressing will look like immediately after surgery. The best thing to do is to elevate it , keep it protected and get some rest!

 

 

Day 7:  Top of the Foot Bone Spur Removal Surgery Postoperative Visit #1:

  • Within about a week, we have the first postoperative visit.
  • You will have an X-ray at this visit and we will make sure there is no irritation or damage to your dressing.
  • With this dressing change some antibiotic ointment is applied, we make sure you are not having any problems at this time.
  • Sutures are not removed yet at this visit.
The incision site will stay covered with the stitches in place following the surgery.

Week 2-3: Top of the Foot Bone Spur Removal Surgery Postoperative Visit #2:

  • This can fluctuate depending your overall health needs, physical fitness and life needs.
  • If you are able to rest more, weight less and are really healthy, sutures can usually come out at 2 weeks. Some patients need to walk and be more active, if this is the case you will likely need sutures longer and have a larger dressing.
  • If you swell more and are more tender, they can stay in a little bit longer.
  • If you are a smoker or have decreased healing ability, we may need to keep your sutures in place longer.
  • At this point your incision site should be healed.
  • At this point you will wear a band-aid for 2 weeks and walk in a good supportive running shoe.

 

Week 5: Postoperative Visit #3:

  • This is what the incision site will look like after the sutures are removed at 2-3 weeks or so.
  • If everything looks good, you no longer need to wear a band-aid.
  • At this point you will still be sore but can transition back into

 

2 Months: Postoperative Visit #4:

  • At this point you continue wearing a good supportive orthotic and good shoe.
  • If everything is feeling well you should be close to healed.
  • Keep in mind that you will continue improving for about 6 months total. But at this point you should be feeling better than you did prior to when you have a heel spur.
  • Congratulations you

 

 

 

For More Help:

Top Of The Foot Pain Guide.

 

 

If your pain is a heel spur on the bottom of your foot, watch this short video: