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Frequently Asked Questions about Heel Pain

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  • What is a 'pump bump'?

    For those who may have wondered what is a pump bump and why it is called that, this condition is a fairly common problem. The proper name is “Haglund’s deformity,” and it’s a bony protrusion on the back of the heel bone. Some people develop it as a result of their natural foot shape, while others develop it from aggravations on the back of the heel. Stiff-backed shoes, like pumps, tend to create pressure on the foot that irritates and enlarges the protrusion, giving the deformity the name “pump bump.”

    The pain from a Haglund’s Deformity is usually caused by the protrusion rubbing against the bursa between the bone and the Achilles tendon. As the protective sac there becomes irritated and inflamed, you develop painful bursitis. Fortunately, this condition is easy to treat conservatively. If you have an uncomfortable, visible bump on the back of your heels, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment to care of it. You can use the online request form, or call either of our two offices: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.

  • Am I at a higher risk for plantar fasciitis?

    Many factors can increase your risk for plantar fasciitis. Age plays a role—your plantar fascia bands lose flexibility as you grow older. Obesity and extended hours standing or walking, especially on hard surfaces, also strain the band. Certain activities, like running, dancing, and some aerobics, put a lot of stress on your heel and can contribute to the problem as well. Failing to properly condition your lower limbs for your athletic activity can have a similar effect.

    There are ways to prevent plantar fasciitis, however. If you pay attention to your footwear and condition your feet and legs, you have a better chance of avoiding the issue. If you’re already experiencing pain, don’t let it continue. Contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information. Use our online contact form or call to reach us—(203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.

  • Can I run with plantar fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis—what a pain, literally. The band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes can become weak, swollen, and irritated when it is strained. Repeated strain may leave you wondering, "Can I run with plantar fasciitis?"

    The answer is yes, but it depends on the severity of your discomfort. If your heel pain only affects you in the morning when you wake and after long periods of running, you may continue exercising. Just the same, if pain is present at the start of the run and subsides after a few minutes, run your heart out. However, if pain lasts for longer than a couple of minutes, reduce your running distance by 25%. If it continues to hurt throughout the run, cut back by 50%. Pain with each step is a cause for concern and all running should be halted. Instead, opt for biking or swimming.

    Mild symptoms of plantar fasciitis can be treated with stretching and strengthening exercises. The experts at Family Foot Care and Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT can also prescribe custom orthotics to ease your discomfort. If your pain becomes unbearable, make an appointment by using our website contact form, or call us at (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.

  • How can I prevent plantar fasciitis?

    You can prevent plantar fasciitis by taking steps to support your foot, which will relax the ligament and condition your feet to better handle stress. Wear shoes with sufficient arch support and cushioning for your heels. If you have an especially low or high midfoot, you may need an orthotic to help stabilize your arch. Stretch your feet and your calves regularly, too. Massaging the sole of your foot with a small ball or frozen water bottle is particularly good for this. Strengthening the foot with physical therapy exercises can help you absorb shock better and also prevent some irritation in the foot.

    If you’re already struggling with heel pain from plantar fasciitis, don’t ignore the issue and hope it will get better on its own. This condition needs treatment to relieve the strain on your feet. The sooner you catch the condition, the better—plantar fasciitis is easier to remedy when addressed early. Request more information or an appointment from Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C., to take care of your heels. Call either of our two offices, (203) 288-4055 for Hamden and (203) 876-7736 for Milford or find us on Facebook. 

  • Why do I have intense heel pain in the morning?

    Heel pain in the morning is a very common symptom of plantar fasciitis. As the plantar fascia swells and tightens, walking on the affected foot pulls on the tissue and causes micro-tears. Continuing to walk on the foot stretches out the plantar fascia and relieves some of the pain. However, when you’re off your feet for too long, the ligament swells and tightens again. While you sleep over night, your body tries to repair the little tears. Those first few steps in the morning forcibly stretch it out again and re-injure the tightened tissue, causing that sharp pain.

    This problem tends to only get worse the longer it goes untreated. Fortunately, conservative treatment is very successful at eliminating the problem. Don’t suffer with heel pain in the morning. Seek treatment from Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Hamden and Milford, CT. You can reach our office by calling either of our two locations, (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office or (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location. You can also make an appointment or contact us through our website.