What Causes Bumps on the Heel?
Discovering a bump in your heel area – much like discovering a bump anywhere else – can often be a disconcerting experience. Is it something to worry about? Even potentially malignant?
The good news when it comes to bumps on and around the heel is that most of them tend to be harmless in themselves. Even so, anything out of the ordinary is still well worth having checked out to know exactly what you’re dealing with. In many cases, a bump can be a sign of another problem that should be addressed.
We are always more than happy to determine what a heel bump may be and provide treatment – if any is even necessary. There can be several potential causes of bumps, but a few we will go into further here are Achilles tendinopathy, xanthomas, and heel spurs.
Achilles Tendinopathy – A Painful Bumps Above the Heel
A bump above the heel is sometimes a sign of Achilles tendinopathy. This is an overuse injury that causes the Achilles tendon to weaken and develop small tears. Sometimes a hard bump will form in the tendon as the body tries to respond to this damage.
Achilles tendinopathy has similarities to Achilles tendinitis in terms of symptoms, but are different conditions. Tendinitis is simply the inflammation of the tendon, while tendinopathy is a degeneration of the proteins forming the tendon. Tendinopathy tends to take a longer time to recover from; especially if overuse has been present for a long period.