3 Common Symptoms of Bone Spurs

May 7th 2016

General Symptoms

Bone spurs could cause general symptoms no matter where they form. Swelling, loss of motion, numbness and tenderness may occur at the site. These symptoms normally happen when bone rubs against and irritates surrounding tissues such as skin, fat, nerves, ligaments and tendons. When bone spurs decrease your range of motion, you may have greater difficulty moving the joint, such as your foot, knee, shoulder or back.


Inflammation of the affected area makes the joint stiffer as surrounding tissue swells to cover the joint. For example, the entire bottom of your food may increase in size due to plantar fasciitis, a swelling of a major ligament in the foot. A heel spur along the bottom of the heel bone could form due to several types of arthritis. Your foot may also develop corns and calluses as your body attempts to protect that area even further.

Tendonitis could happen in the shoulders as tendons swell to compensate for a lack of cartilage. This inflammation may cause painful tears to the rotator cuff. This type of damage occurs in people who use their shoulders regularly, such as painters and baseball players.

Weakness and Numbness

Weakness could occur with bone spurs along vertebrae that pinch discs or nerves. Bone spurs may narrow the space that contains the spinal cord, thereby weakening nerve connections to the rest of the body. This could lead to muscle weaknesses in the arms, legs, hips and back. Your limbs may also feel numb if you have a bone spur in the back.

Lumpy Knobs

Bone spurs in your fingers could cause lumpy knobs to form, thereby decreasing the range of motion. These growths form underneath the skin and may make it harder to move the fingers.


Bone spurs happen over long periods of time when joints in the body wear down, and bony protrusions compensate for the lack of natural lubricants within joint structures. Many people who get these protrusions do not show any signs or symptoms, and a patient may not discover a bone spur until an X-ray

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