Bone spurs are small bony growths that form off the bone. These small lumps commonly develop around joints, where bone contacts another bone, or along the spine. Bone spurs are most commonly found in adults over the age of 65 as a result of joint damage (osteoarthritis) but may affect people of all ages.
The common symptoms of bone spurs include pain and reduced range of motion in the affected area. For example, bone spurs in the knee can make it painful to bend the knee, which can lead to difficulty walking and performing everyday activities. Bone spurs in the back can pinch nerves along the spinal cord, leading to numbness or paralysis in your arms and legs. The most common areas affected by bone spurs include:
- Feet (specifically the ankle)
- Hands or fingers
In many instances, bone spurs may produce no symptoms at all. You may not know you have a bone spur until it is detected by an X-ray scan. If left untreated, however, these small growths can cause pain and difficulty with movement. If you are experiencing unexplainable joint pain, talk to your health care provider to get screened for bone spurs.
The symptoms of bone spurs can usually be treated with simple at-home remedies. If a bone spur is causing severe pain or restriction in movement, surgery may be required to remove the growth.