Bone Spur Removal

Bone spurs are small protrusions of bone that show a bumpy appearance when seen on x-rays. This small bony prominence can be the cause of a handful of issues inducing a lot of pain and discomfort during normal activities. The most common location for a bone spur to occur is on the heel, which can lead to other conditions such as Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, and Achilles Tendonitis. However, a bone spur can be found in other areas of the foot as well.

The formation of bone spurs is a common process that is due to aging or pre-existing conditions such as osteoarthritis. Whatever the cause may be, eventually a breakdown of joint cartilage occurs at the area of future spur development. The cartilage is a type of connective tissue that covers the edges of the bones in a joint and prevents rubbing of the bones against each other by acting as a cushion. When something causes cartilage to gradually wear away, the bones lose their cushioning and start to rub against each other. In response to stress, our body naturally tries to reform new bone, which is what leads to the formation of bone spurs.

Dr. Jenson is proud to use special endoscopic and arthroscopic techniques to surgically remove the extra bony prominence. He makes a small incision at the area of concern, often using technology to find the exact location of prominence. He then uses special surgical instruments to shave off the excess bone. Making sure the area is smooth with no irregularities, Dr. Jenson finishes up the procedure by cleaning the incision site and placing sutures.

This is considered an outpatient surgery, so the patient is able to go home within an hour. The surgery itself only takes a couple of hours and is usually done so in a private surgery center or hospital.

One of the best benefits of this procedure is its recovery phase. Immediately following surgery, the patient is transferred into a special surgery shoe, which is smaller than most boots. They do not require big, bulky dressings seen in other cases. The patient is required to limit their activities for one week before coming into the office for a post-operative visit. At this time, the patient is evaluated and required to take x-rays to make sure everything is healing correctly. Upon their next visit, the patient comes back in to have sutures removed and gets transferred into shoes with no restrictions. The total recovery time is usually within 2-3 weeks!