Bone spurs, or bony growths on the bone, are painful and annoying. These little growths on the bones can occur as a result of osteoarthritis, calcified tendons or ligaments around the bone or from trauma to the bone. The spurs themselves are usually not painful, but they may be when they begin to disturb ligaments and nerves surrounding the area.
Go to your doctor and talk to him about your bone spur. Find out what the root cause is. If it is a calcium deposit, you may need to be tested for to see if the spur has formed out of your body's inability to absorb calcium. If this is the case, have a series of tests done to rule out something more serious like kidney or bone disease.
Rest the area as much as possible. If your bone spur is on your arm, your doctor may recommend a sling. If the spur is on your foot, the doctor may recommend crutches for a short amount of time.
Place an ice pack on your bone spur when it starts to hurt. You may also take anti-inflammatories to reduce the pain.
Increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D. In addition to supplements, try and take in foods with these nutrients such as cheese, milk and yogurt.
If it is ruled that your bone spur is simply a calcium deposit, soak a brown paper bag in apple cider vinegar.Cut out a piece and place it around the affected area and fasten with a bandage. Leave it on until the spur has lessened.
Talk to your doctor if the spur becomes extremely painful. If increased calcium, vitamin D and apple cider vinegar do not decrease the spur, you may need to have it surgically removed if it is still causing problems.