Hard Bumps on the Heel Bone
Hard bumps on the heel are often bony growths caused by strain or irritation to the structures of the foot.
A heel spur is a hard, bony growth under the heel bone caused by strain on the muscles and tendons in the foot, stress on the plantar fascia, or repeated damage to the membrane over the heel bone. Those types of injuries are commonly caused by frequent running or jumping, like when jogging or playing basketball. Some heel spurs don’t have any symptoms. Others become quite painful due to inflammation in the surrounding tissue.
Haglund’s deformity could also be the cause of the hard bump on your heel. Haglund’s deformity is a bony growth or ridge where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. It may be caused by a person’s foot structure, such as having high arches or carrying their weight more toward the outside of their feet. The bony growth can cause pain and swelling behind the heel. Rigid-backed shoes and boots may aggravate the soft tissues around the growth, causing blisters, calluses, inflammation, and pain.
Let’s Heal Your Heels
Lumps or bumps on your heels can be painful and made worse by socks, shoes, and everyday activities that keep you on your feet. They can even affect your self-esteem if they make you feel like you want to hide your feet!
If you have a lump or bump on your heel, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out. A lump on the heel is usually something we can successfully treat in our offices. Sometimes, it’s a clue to another health issue. Some lumps and bumps will heal on their own, but we won’t know until we’ve examined them.
Treating each cause of the bump on the heel will be different, ranging from resting and icing to surgery in some rare cases. The sooner you have the bump on your heel checked, the easier the treatment usually is. Letting a bump stay on your heel could cause the bump to get bigger and more painful.
If you have a lump or bump on your heel, call our Milford or Hamden offices for an appointment or contact us on the website. Let us evaluate and treat your foot pain, and help you recover back to normal again!