Have a Question About Your Foot or Ankle Injury? Find the Answer Here!
Do you have a question about your condition that nobody seems to be able to answer? Our podiatrists have answered many foot and ankle inquiries, and we have listed the answers here to help other patients relieve their pain. Use the search bar to get fast facts from our FAQ page.
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Why is there a bump on the back of my heel?
If you are noticing a bump on the back of your heel that is causing you pain and making it difficult to wear shoes or even walk, what you may be feeling is an abnormal protrusion or a spur on your heel bone. This is a condition known as Haglund’s deformity, also referred to as “pump bump” since pump-style shoes are often a contributing factor.
Your Achilles tendon attaches to the back of your heel and can become inflamed due to pressure and friction. This is usually the result of stiff-heeled shoes rubbing and pressing on the bony area, leading to a visibly swollen and painful bump. A switch in footwear, padding, and orthotics can all be effective treatments.
To learn more about ways you can ease your foot pain, visit one of our Podiatry Care Specialists, PC locations in southeastern PA, or call (877) 905-5907 for an appointment today. We are here to help!
Are there stretches that can help with my heel pain?
If you are struggling with heel pain, there are stretches that can help. Before you even get out of bed in the morning, you should stretch to help relax your plantar fascia—the thick band of tissues that span the bottom of your foot from heel to toe. While you are sitting in bed, take a bath towel and lasso it around the arch of your foot. Pull the towel towards you, which will pull the arch of the foot towards you, stretching the plantar fascia.
Another stretch that helps is to stand facing a wall with your hands pushing against the wall. Stretch one leg out behind you and press your heel toward the floor. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Do three repetitions on each side, but be sure not to bounce.
The final stretch that will help heel pain is to stand facing the wall again, place the ball of your foot into the wall and lean forward. Hold for 20-30 seconds and switch. Do three sets on each side, and remember—don’t bounce.
For more tips on stretches for heel pain, just give us a call at the Podiatry Care Specialists, PC office nearest you at (877) 905-5907.