Weight Loss Tips When You Have Bone Spurs


Bone Spurs And Weight Loss

Have you ever had a bone spur? No! Ask me the pain it is and gives me while walking …. 🙁

Well, some of you must be aware of it while others must be wondering, what that is. I am trying to share a few tips in this post about managing weight when you have painful bone spurs. 🙂

All about bone spurs, causes and weight loss

Let’s find out more about bone spurs, its cause and how to lose weight when you are suffering the pain caused by them.

Bone spur is a tiny pointed outgrowth of the bone. The main cause of bone spurs is local inflammation such as osteoarthritis. Due to the inflammation, bone forming cells deposit bone in the area causing a spur.

Medically, a bone spur is called osteophyte. Our spine can have bone spurs when there is an inflammation in the ligament surrounding a degenerating disc between the vertebrae. A bone spur can get formed at the-

  • back of heel bone or its underside
  • front sole of the foot
  • around the joints with degenerated cartilage

Symptoms of bone spurs

There might not be painful and visible symptoms of bone spurs at times. The pain they cause depends on the location. Most often there is pain, tenderness and numbness when adjacent tissues get irritated such as the nerves, tendons, fat pads or the skin.

Bone Spurs and Weight Loss

Bone spurs in the sole and heel can lead to foot pain and in certain cases even swelling. As a result, you will have pain when you walk as your feet bear the weight of your body. At times, when there is a bone spur at the bottom of the heel bone, there is inflammation in the entire bottom of the foot which is called plantar fasciitis.

The ones in the spine can pinch nearby nerves which cause a tingling sensation, numbness and pain. You will also feel a certain weakness in those areas as the nerve is affected.

All this pain becomes a hindrance in walking and working out thus weight loss efforts take a hit. It all becomes a very depressing to those on a weight loss journey.

Now, there are some bone spurs that don’t have any symptoms and go undetected. The only time they are noticed is when you get X-ray tests done for some other reason. The reason for the formation of these spurs is usually an injury to the tendons that took place in the past and resulted in local inflammation of the bone that ended up in the development of a bone spur.

Diagnosing bone spurs

The following ways are used to diagnose bone spurs:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan

How to treat bone spurs?

You need to get bone spurs treated only if they are troubling you, i.e. if they have any symptoms. The first step taken in the treatment aims at reducing the inflammation and ensuring that no injury takes place again.

How to handle spurs?

  • Applying a cold pack locally to the affected area is quite helpful.
  • There are anti-inflammatory medicines that are provided orally as well as by means of injections depending on which area the spur is located.
  • Other measures are also taken such as using shoe inserts, local bone spur pads based on where you have the spur.
  • The bone spurs that irritate the nerves, ligaments or tendons may require an operation.

The sad part is that there is no way by which you can prevent bone spurs. So, you can’t stop them from cropping up! Just ensure that the moment you feel the first spur, go see the doctor and keep an eye on your diet so that your weight doesn’t increase till you find some relief from the pain of bone spurs.

Hope you found this post ‘Weight Loss Tips When You Have Bone Spurs’, useful?

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