I have developed some pretty serioues pain in my right heel bone, and I am 99% sure it is from my boots. It feel like there is something, maybe fluid between my skin and the bone and it hurts like a beatch when I put my shoes on to go to work. I have to walk around with my shoe untied and walk kind of funny like a came from federal pound me in the ass prison.
I would prefer to not walk like the gimp and am also worried about it mucking up my ski day tomorrow. My roommmate said he had similar problem when he played hockey. He was told they were calcium deposits? This just feels like fluid to me. Should I take a needle to it?
More likely is that you have plantar fascitis and the bump you feel is swelling. It could however be the begining of a heel spur. A heel spur would take several weeks or months to develop. So if you have only had this for a short period of time it is more likely plantar fascitis.
Try doing a lot of stretching for the calf and achillies and icing the heel after work and skiing.
If it won't go away go to your doc. He might do an x-ray to rule out heel spur and send you to therapy.
Hmm, thanks for the info. I did a google search, however reliable that is, and it said that plantar fascitis causes pain on the sole of your foot near the heel. My paid is exclusively on the back of my foot and not the bottom. It also only bothers me when pressed against (through walking with shoes on, etc). I will try icing it tonight before heading out tomorrow
bone spurs on the back of the heel can begin to appear pretty quickly, not sure if its truly a bone spur at this early stages or not but one thing you should do is take your boots in to a good bootfitter asap. If you dont have good insoles you need them (to stabilize the foot), and then you can have the shell of the boot ground out where it is hitting the heel. This will help this problem from getting worse. I would not take a needle to it. See a doc.
Those are called pump-bumps. I graduated from medical school in 1981. And have been in orthopaedics since 1982 (counting residency) Those are the biggest I have ever seen. I can't imagine how you have lived with them for so long.
Mark Sanders, MD FACS
Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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What are my options? I'm a competetive ski racer, I spent 200+ days a year on snow and I don't have more than 2 weeks off at a time. I've learned to just deal with them, and other than aestheticly they don't REALLY bother me, just minor pain and discomfort. I was told removal takes months to heal and is 50% effective.
I agree with Dr. Mark, those are THE biggest pump bumps I have ever seen. I would suggest going to a podiatrist. Maybe there is something they can do. But once they are that big surgery is prolly you best option.
As an FYI a pump bump is really a retrocalcaneal bursitis. The can calcify and become permenant. If caught early they can be treated with stuff like ultrasound and reduction in friction via a donut pad etc....