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5 Things You Need to Know About Bone Spurs in the Toes

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5 Things You Need to Know About Bone Spurs in the Toes
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Bone spurs in the toes are a common cause of foot pain. However, some people have bone spurs and never know it because they cause no symptoms. For others, the formations do cause symptoms. The bone spurs themselves, also known as osteophytes, are not painful. But if they rub against surrounding bone, nerves or soft tissue, they can cause symptoms, such as pain. It is also possible for a bone spur to break off and cause the joint to lock, thereby losing function.

Bone spurs in the toes are a common cause of foot pain. However, some people have bone spurs and never know it because they cause no symptoms. For others, the formations do cause symptoms. The bone spurs themselves, also known as osteophytes, are not painful. But if they rub against surrounding bone, nerves or soft tissue, they can cause symptoms, such as pain. It is also possible for a bone spur to break off and cause the joint to lock, thereby losing function.

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