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     JillyMP updated 1 year, 3 months ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • JillyMP

    February 5, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Anyone out there have or have recovered from osteophytes, bone spurs? Did you run with them? I’m getting conflicting advice from professionals and not sure what to do. Nothing much on Google either. Waiting for consultant to get back to me. The spur is at the side of the foot. Ok with gentle running, but some Pilates moves, single leg weight-training, sprinting, even sitting on them, hurts.

    My physio wants me to take a long rest to avoid surgical intervention, the consultant was happy for me to run last Thursday (yet to catch up with him on that one, ultrasound was yesterday) and my trainer said to train but wisely, which I think I’ll go for.

    If any of you have had them, what treatment did you have and did you take time off? I said to the ultrasound doc that I’d rather have tendinitis and he said, no, tendinitis can go on for months, spurs are treated with a simple procedure (injections or shaving the bone)  and will be gone. Then again he asked me what I did and I said “running”, to which he answered “why?”

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  • sharnie1

    February 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I have a cuneiform exostosis on the top of my left foot which is an excessive bone growth on the cuneiform joint, (it’s about the size of a half golf ball) I’ve had it for about 4 years – when it first started growing it was quite tender and I was told I’d probably need surgery for it – but after around a year it stopped growing and stopped being painful – I have to avoid lacing my trainer’s too tightly over it but it’s ok now – I’m told it could start growing again or cause issues in the future, but while it’s static and not causing any I’m happy to leave well alone.  I discovered that around 50% of people who have them removed just get them growing right back.

    Probly not helpful because it’s not the same thing, but I’d try and find an orthopaedic surgeon who has removed a lot of them and ask what the regrowth rate is like??

    Think bony issues are infinitely preferable to tendon problems – bones heal quickly – tendons don’t 😣😣

  • JillyMP

    February 6, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Thanks Sharnie, your reply really helps.

    I googled yesterday and found a forum about bone spurs, including ones on top of feet, in shoulders, heels everywhere, and almost all of them after 2 or 3 years had grown back and were causing more issues. The physio said to rest and reach a point where the spur is asymptomatic, she said it’s probably been there for awhile without causing problems until now.

    I’m going to do that, except not fully rest, which seems to be her default setting. I do think gentle exercise will give the tendons happy. Obviously, if there’s any pain, I’ll stop.

    If I reach a point in 4 years when I can run 100 miles round the Cornish Coast in deepest January, I’ll e very happy, and probably dreaming!!!


  • sharnie1

    February 6, 2019 at 9:09 am

    That’s very much why I thought it best to leave it alone other than as a last resort – hopefully it will settle swiftly, keep those tendons moving and just try and work round it – but its worth having a chat with a surgeon so you know what the surgery entails and what the success rate is – then you have all the options covered for future reference!!

  • JillyMP

    February 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Have just read your AoA report. If I am running 100 miles around the Cornish Coast in deepest January, it will be a bad dream! Amazing, truly. It makes me want to try the Black Rat again, but I’ll see how my feet are in a month or so. Though I should be out and about well before then?

  • Barry Griffin

    March 13, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I had my calcaneal spur shaved off.  I can’t wait for that to grow back then 😮

  • JillyMP

    March 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

    @barry Griffin – you had yours shaved off? I thought you had your Achilles reattached? My feet are in a much better place, I’m hoping to avoid shaving, but I think the rehab is causing havoc with my left leg 🙁

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