Gilbert, AZ has “small town feel with big city appeal” and offers a diverse array of activities and places to visit. The Riparian Preserve is an excellent example. The preserve is home to more than 200 different species of birds and has 4.5 miles of walking trails to explore. This can make for an interesting, educational weekend event, but if you suffer from one of the types of bones spurs in your feet, you might not be so eager to spend a day walking.
A bone spur is simply a growth of excess bone tissue on a normal bone. Contrary to the name, most of the types of bone spurs are not actually sharp or pointed. Often, these growths are smooth. They are formed as your body tries to repair or protect itself, usually in response to rubbing, stress, or pressure experienced over time.
Types of bone spurs include:
Heel Spurs – Spurs that form as the bone attempts to mend itself on the bottom of the heel. One of the potential causes for a heel spur is extra pressure due to being overweight, so it is important to maintain a healthy bodyweight.
Pump Bumps – These can happen to anyone, but are more likely to be seen in women who frequently wear pumps, thus the name. High heel shoes with rigid backs can create the stress and pressure on the back of the foot to lead to the excess bone growth.
General Bone Spurs – Most spurs are general in nature and it is likely that you won’t even know that you have one if it is not causing an issue.
When you have any of the types of bone spurs and are experiencing pain or discomfort as a result, it is time to bring in an expert. Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona has caring professionals who are dedicated to the highest standard of care for all your podiatry needs. We will provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to relieve your pain and let you live life on your terms. Our offices are located in Chandler and Gilbert, AZ, and we also proudly serve the Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe communities as well. Contact us by calling (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler office, (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert office, or use our appointment request form today.