When my Doctor told me I had a bone spur on my right heel that would need to be surgically removed the first question I asked him was "What in the world is a bone spur?"

He pointed to the odd shaped bone that was growing of the back of my heel (that does sort of resemble a cowboy's spur) and explained that bone spurs are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones.

What in the world is a bone spur?  What in the world is a bone spur?  What in the world is a bone spur?

Also called osteophytes, bone spurs often form where bones meet each other — in your joints. bone spurs can also form on the bones of your spine. The main cause of bone spurs is the wear-and-tear damage associated with osteoarthritis. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may go undetected for years. Well, I had many painful symptoms such as extreme pain in my ankle that was so bad I could barely walk and even limping was very painful. On the very back of my heel where the bone spur was located I often felt a burning sensation that felt almost like a blister caused from a shoe. I later learned that the bone spur was rubbing on my ACL and putting pressure on my ankle bone that caused the burning sensation I was feeling. My Doctor tested me for osteoarthritis and fortunately I do not have it, so the question I asked myself was "Could all those years of wearing 3 inch high heeled shoes while my best gal pals and I club hopped and lived out scenes from Sex and the City cause this thing to grow on my foot?" I laughed to myself and told the Doctor to "Go ahead and chop that bone off!" He frowned at me course because he is a male and doesn't like to think any bone being chopped off! Well, maybe it was just the way I said it to him and the tone in my voice or the fact that I mumbled under my breath that I had gotten rid of a few boyfriends that way! But seriously this is very painful to live with for so long! I was diagnosed with the bone spur in January of 2014 and was given cortisone shots to try and make the inflammation go down and to help with the pain but it didn't help at all. I have also been wearing a big black boot on my foot that some what resembles a robot foot and it didn't help with the pain either. So, on June 12, 2014 I underwent surgery to have the bone spur removed and will be in a cast for 6 weeks followed by 6 more weeks in the book and physically therapy. Today is the first day after surgery and the pain never stops, the pain medicine eases the pain a little bit but not much and I am crawling around the apartment on my hands and knees to accomplish simple things like going to the bathroom or to the kitchen for snacks! I will post a new blog in a few days to let you all know how I am doing and give you updates that I receive from my Doctor.


Update 8-15-2014

Good evening. I am writing to update you all about the bone spur surgery I had on June 12, 2014. This x-ray shows the staples the Doctor placed into my ankle after he cut a wedge of bone out of my foot.

What in the world is a bone spur?  What in the world is a bone spur?

He did this so he could pull the bone spur forward and remove the pressure from my ACL. While doing this a new bone spur popped out of my heel bone and created a small fracture. So, unfortunately I have to wear the cast for a little while longer and I have been in a cast for almost 9 weeks! The 90 degree weather is making my foot sweat underneath the cast and it smells like road kill! Every time the Doctor cuts off the cast to put on a new one the skin is dried up and flaky and itches like crazy! I am probably going to have to have more operations and will put new pictures and updates after my next Doctor appointment.