Bone spurs are overgrowth of bone tissue often observed in joints or on attachment sites of tendons and ligaments with bones. Medically also referred to as Osteophytes, bone spurs are harmless, but are associated with symptoms which occur primarily due to friction with tendons, ligaments or other bones.
Though bony spurs can be present in any part of the body, they are more frequently observed in the ankles and other weight bearing joints.
Causes And Symptoms Of Bone Spurs In Ankle
While bone spurs can affect any part of the body, they are more frequently observed in the ankles. In general bone spurs are linked with aging, however here are some causative factors associated with bone spurs,
- Osteoarthritis is considered to be one of the leading causes for formation of bone spurs. Osteoarthritis is closely linked with aging and hence bone spurs are also linked with aging.
- Diffused Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis is a condition which is characterized by calcium deposits in different parts of the body. This condition can also lead to bone spurs in the ankle.
- Repeated irritation of the heel bone (on the sole side) can result in formation of a bone spur in the ankle.
- Inappropriately healed fracture of the ankle joint also increases the risk bones spur in the ankle.
Bone Spurs In Ankle Symptoms
The primary symptom associated with bone spur in ankle is severe pain which is aggravated on slightest movement. In addition to pain, localized swelling may also be observed, especially due to inflammation of the plantar tissue. The pain and inflammation may lead to limited range of movement in the ankle joint and the person may have a limping gait.
Natural Remedies For Bone Spurs In Ankle
- Maintain a healthy diet which is rich in minerals and vitamins. Unhealthy lifestyle tends to increase the risk of development of bone spurs. Ensure that you consume plenty of natural calcium and avoid calcium supplements.
- Exercise regularly. Exercises help keep muscles and tendons healthy, which reduces the risk of lax tendons, rubbing on the bones and causing spurs. However avoid impact sports, as impact sports like soccer and tennis can increase the risk of bone spurs in the ankle.
- Maintain a healthy and optimum weight. Obese people are at higher risk of ankle spurs.
- Homeopathic drugs like Arnica and Bryonia are considered to be very useful in treating ankle bone spurs. In addition to homeopathic medications, ensure that you stop calcium supplements and rely on natural sources of calcium like milk and soy.
- Massage the ankle with witch hazel or lavender essential oil. Both oils have a strong anti-inflammatory effect and can help relieve pain associated with the spur.
- Use cold water and hot water compress alternately. This can help reduce swelling and also reduce the inflammation.