Pump Bumps, or Haglund’s Deformity is a condition wherein a bony bump or enlargement on the back of the heel forms. This may lead to pain and irritation if the area rubs up against any type of footwear. The name “pump bump” comes from the common occurrence of wearing “pump” style shoes that many women wear; therefore women who wear this type of shoe are the most common sufferers of this condition.
Most causes of pump bumps are structural. They can be inherited at birth and cause problems. Other factors may include injuries, weight increase, and various activities; especially sports. Any type of commonly-worn footwear that has a rigid back and/or footwear that creates constant friction against the back of the heel with frequent wear may lead to Haglund’s Deformity.
Symptoms of Haglund’s deformity can include, but are not limited to:
There are many types of treatments for pump bumps, including preventative and non-invasive measures as well as surgical removal.
Some non-invasive treatment include:
If you, or anyone you know might be suffering from pump bumps, schedule an appointment with us! We would love to help you! If you have any additional problems, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (519) 884-3668 or firstname.lastname@example.org
#DiabeticDecember- Why Diabetic Foot Health Matters
Its #Diabetesdecember at the Waterloo Foot Clinic and we are busy spreading the word on why foot health is so important to diabetics!
While the diagnosis of any condition can be frightening, there are many resources available for diabetics living in KW. Amidst learning the language of diabetes, adjusting to medications and daily sugar testing, patients often forget about one important aspect of diabetes management; foot health!
While we all need to be focused on maintaining optimal foot health, diabetics need to pay extra-close attention to their feet. This is because diabetics are at risk for developing what is known as "sensory neuropathy," which is the medical phrase for loss of sensation. While this can happen anywhere in the body, the most common area for it to occur in diabetics is the foot- and when it happens it can be serious if improperly managed.
Usually, sensory neuropathy in the diabetic foot starts with the feeling of tingling numbness or burning. As it progresses, diabetics are at risk for stepping on something without realizing they have done so. This can lead to infection. If allowed to persist without appropriate care, the infection can spread and result in gangrene or even limb loss. Indeed, diabetic foot infections are the leading cause of non traumatic foot amputation in Canada.
Fortunately, there are many precautions a newly diagnosed diabetic can take to protect their feet! The first step is seeing a Chiropodist, or foot specialist. On your first visit, the specialist will perform several tests to better understand the health of your foot, including vascular/blood flow, neurological, dermatological, and muskuloskeletal assessments, Your chiropodist will then use the information learned from these assessments to develop a management plan for you.
Usually much of this management involves extensive education, footcare and callous removal, footwear counsel and routine monitoring. That last part is the most important as seeing your chiropodist routinely, every six to eight weeks, is the key to ensuring optimal foot health!
So, if you have been recently diagnosed with Diabetes, take initiative for your foot health and call us today to schedule a consultation! Education is key- we can provide you with the tools and information necessary to We can help get you on the road to better foot health
Plantar fasciitis (pronounced: "PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tis") is most commonly the cause of heel pain. The Plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, and where the support for your arches come from. Plantar fasciitis refers to inflamed plantar fascia most frequently caused by overuse. Middle-aged people are generally the most affected by plantar fasciitis, though not exclusively. People who are on their feet for long periods of time, have high arches or flat feet, are obese, or have tight Achilles tendons are prone to experiencing this severe heel pain as well.
Plantar fasciitis characteristically comes about slowly. People with the condition describe the pain being most present during their first steps in the morning, after long periods of rest or when climbing stairs. Pain may also be brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon.
Different simple and non-invasive treatments include: basic stretching exercises, ice, tapping, rest, strapping, proper or custom shoes, and/or custom orthotics, in combination with prescription anti-inflammatory medication (as needed). If the condition is not getting better, other treatments such as ultrasound, laser, cortisone injection or shockwave therapy may be tried. Usually multiple treatments being used, typically several at once, will alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis within a few months. Only in severe cases were the pain lasts for more than six months, would surgery or plantar fasciotomy be considered.
Most cases of plantar fasciitis are not serious and with several treatments (as listed above) can be alleviated. Check out our other blogs for ways to reduce strain on your feet, as well as the risk of plantar fasciitis.
Trust your foot with a foot specialist here at Waterloo Foot Clinic and call to book an appointment! If you have any problems, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (519) 884-3668 or email@example.com
Did you know these 10 facts about diabetes?
1) About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
2) Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
3) Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
4) If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.
5) A meal plan for a person with diabetes isn’t very different than that which is recommended for people without diabetes.
6) Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
7) People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
8) Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.
9) Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people.
10) Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.
As you send your kids out tonight to run from door to door, don't forget about their feet. Make sure they're in comfortable, foot friendly shoes. And if you're braving the weather and venturing out with them, don't forget to wear your comfortable shoes too.
Happy Halloween from the Waterloo Foot Clinic!