In today’s show, Dr. Daniel Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about heel spurs. Bone is a living tissue that can change and grow over time. Bone spurs... are bony projections that develop along the edge of bones. They often form where bones meet each other at your joints and are often referred to as osteophytes. You may be wondering… What on earth causes bone spurs to form?

A bone spur starts to form when the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. The extra bone typically starts to form in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that is persistent over a long period of time. This is the bodies normal response to repair itself. In addition, some bone spurs develop over time as part of the aging process. The slippery cartilage tissue that normally covers the ends of the bones, within the joints, breaks down and wears away. When it comes to the feet, bone spurs form in response to repetitive activities such as running, power walking, and other "over-use" activities that put stress on the feet. Carrying extra weight or wearing shoes that fit poorly can also encourage the development of bone spurs. Interestingly, there aren't any typical or obvious symptoms associated with bone spurs in the feet. That's why they can be misdiagnosed. Diagnosing this disorder can be difficult if not looked at carefully.

Listen to Dr. Reminga’s interesting and informative discussion about the bothersome and painful foot condition. If you have a bone spur, today’s show may “spur” you on to make a appointment with Dr. Reminga at Northern Foot Care Center.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.