Swansea football fans have been upset by the recent news that their star footballer, Nathan Dyer has been side-lined for up to two months with an ankle injury. The talented footballer who has suffered a few sports injuries and ankle sprains throughout his career has had to have surgery to remove an extra bone growth from his ankle. After John Terry’s recent foot and ankle injury, it seems there’s a growing concern amongst fans that the intensity of the Premier League matches has led to an increase in the high number of foot and ankle injuries. But with Nathan Dyer’s injury, this time, it’s related to a benign disease that can affect the additional growth of bones. But what exactly is bone growth spurs?

Growth Spurs

Bone growth spurs are small bumpy bits of bone that typically grow as a result of bones sustaining, inflammation, regular abrasion or following an old foot and ankle injury. In Dyer’s case, his condition may have resulted from previous foot injuries, where his bones may have of sustained repetitive trauma, through heavy tackles or falls during matches.

In many cases, the most typical kind of bone spurs are known as calcaneal spurs, originated usually around the area of the heel bone.

Bone spurs rarely hurt or are in any way particularly harmful. Nonetheless, should bone spurs begin intruding on surrounding muscles, ligaments or connected bones, a patient may suffer discomfort and rigidity.


Frequently, the signs of this condition are not too obvious, except if the additional bones begin chafing the nearby muscles, cartilages and other connecting bones. When this is the case, a patient will feel slight discomfort. In many cases, our patients regularly report their discomfort as being similar to a sudden piercing ache, which develops in to a less throbbing pain over time.


We treat many UK patients suffering with heel bone spurs if they are experiencing various levels of discomfort. When patients report on experiencing discomfort or that the bone growth has harmed the neighbouring skeletal assemblies, such as their muscles and cartilages etc. then we would offer to successfully treat them. At our leading foot and ankle clinic we successfully treat many UK patients with bone growth diseases.  So, if you have a foot and ankle condition you’d like us to diagnose and treat such as a bone growth spurs, or simply want to book a consultation, then please contact our ankle clinic today as we would love to hear from you.