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By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 01, 2019
Category: foot deformity

The bony part of the back of your heel is subject to becoming irritated, painful, and swollen as a result of the pressure and friction caused by tightly fitting shoes. Shoes like high heels that greatly increase pressure on the heel and toes can cause a hard, bony bump to form on the heel called a Haglund’s deformity, also known as the pump bump. This growth forms close to the Achilles tendon and bursitis is often seen along with it as the buildup of calcium deposits occurs adding to the pain and discomfort.

Some of the more conservative treatments for Haglund’s deformity include the following:

  • Wear comfortable shoes—The wearing of backless or soft canvas footwear will relieve the constant pressure and allow the skin to heal.
  • Pain medications will also help reduce swelling—Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help to reduce pain and swelling and spreading a topical pain reliever on the inflamed area will often provide some relief.
  • Icing the area—Place ice wrapped in a towel or use ice packs on the area for fifteen minutes several times a day to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Physical therapy exercises for strength and flexibility—Stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet and calf muscles help relieve strain and pressure on the Achilles tendon and heel area.
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts—arch supports, and heel lifts will aid in decreasing motion and redirecting pressure.

These treatments will have the added benefit of helping to relieve the bursitis that is causing some of the pain and discomfort. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to shave the bump down so shoes can be comfortably worn.

If you have pain and discomfort on the back of your heel see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
November 13, 2018
Category: skin conditions
Tags: hammertoe   corns   calluses   custom orthotic  

Corns and calluses are caused by your skin’s reaction to friction and pressure. This is often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Athletes and runners are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the increased pressure and stress from repetitive movements. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is more likely to develop problems with reactive skin conditions like corns and calluses.

The difference between calluses and corns:

Calluses—These are thicker and larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the majority of the pressure is felt from walking and exercising.

Corns—These are most likely to develop when your toes rub together or where pressure from poorly fitting shoes causes rubbing. A corn will frequently develop on the top of a hammertoe that pushes the toe against your footwear.

2 of the conservative treatments for corns and calluses include:

  1. Pads and orthotic inserts—Special pads can be placed over a corn to isolate it and help prevent rubbing on the inside of your shoes. Custom orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight and pressure away from painful corns and calluses.
  2. Warm soaks and skin removal—Use warm, soapy water and soak your feet to help soften skin. You can then use a file or emery board to gently rub away the dead skin. Carefully dry your feet and apply moisturizing cream to speed the smoothing process.

For thick and brittle calluses, heel fissures, and corns that become inflamed or infected, surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing complications with difficult corns and calluses, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

By Foot First Podiatry
November 15, 2017
Tags: cysts   custom orthotic  

Ganglion cysts are benign (which means non-cancerous) growths that occur as bumps on the top of your foot. They are soft, fluid filled sacs that are immovable, and may grow just beneath the surface of the skin making them hard to detect. They usually grow on a ligament, tendon, or muscle, and are frequently found in clusters. The fluid inside the cyst is sticky and jelly-like. They often change size, disappear, and return, but the actual cause is often difficult to determine. If a ganglion cyst is growing on a nerve, you may notice a slight tingling sensation reaching your toes.

In most cases, a ganglion cyst is not going to be a major problem, and they don’t always cause pain. But if you do notice a growth on your foot, you should have it evaluated and treated by your foot doctor to make sure it isn’t malignant (cancer!). Treatment for ganglion cysts may include removing the fluid with a needle and injecting a steroid solution to keep the cyst from returning. Custom orthotic inserts can also help move the pressure away from the cyst and allow healing to commence more rapidly.

Always keep an eye on any unusual bumps on your feet, and if they change size, go away, and return multiple times, or if they cause pain and discomfort when you wear shoes, it may be necessary to discuss a surgical intervention for adequate relief.

If you are concerned about a possible cyst or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!