Why Do I Have a Giant Red Bump on My Heel?

Why Do I have a Giant Red Bump on My Heel?

Do you have a “Pump Bump”?

Have you ever wondered what that giant red bump is on the back of your heel?  (Warning: Medical jargon ahead!) You may Haglund’s Deformity or retrocalcaneal bursitis.  It’s also know as pump bump. This is not to be confused with “fist bump“.

This unsightly, and sometimes painful problem can be caused by having a stiff heel support on your shoe that constantly rubs up and down on the back of your heel bone.

Genetics can also play a role in whether or not you develop this condition. High arches can contribute to Haglund’s deformity due to the heel bone being tilted backward “into” the Achilles tendon causing it to rub up against it. This constant friction can eventually lead to a bony protrusion and an inflammed bursa.

Women tend to develop this condition more than men do since their shoes tend to be more “unforgiving”.  Wearing shoes that are a little more flexible in the heel is a great way to help avoid/alleviate this condition.

In addition to changing shoes, soaking feet, and anti-inflammatory medications often mitigate the symptoms of this aggravating problem. If  you’re experiencing a lot of pain from it, consider using ice to reduce swelling and lessen pain. Stretching exercises can also help by relieving tension from the Achilles tendon, especially if you have a tight heel cord. Other options for treatment include heel lifts and heel pads.  If nothing else works, there are several procedures to address the back of the heel bone or the Achilles tendon.

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Sore Feet? Try Exercising Them!

Try exercising your feet!Are your feet tired and sore at the end of the day? Maybe you need to get them into better shape with some exercise. Your feet need exercise, too!

Strong and supple feet will get less fatigued throughout the day.  And don’t forget to check your shoes too; ill-fitting shoes can can cause extremely sore feet!

Here are some exercises to improve your foot fitness!

  • Toe grip: Drop a sock or small wash cloth on the floor and use your toes to grip and lift it off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat five times each foot. This is a great exercise to strengthen the foot muscles that improve balance!
  • Toe extension: Wrap an elastic band around all five toes. Expand your toes and hold for five seconds; release. Repeat five times on each foot.
  • Calf raise: Stand near a counter and hold on lightly to ensure your balance. Balance on one foot and rise up onto your toes. Hold for about 10 seconds, then lower. Repeat 10 times on each foot.
  • Calf stretch : Sit with one leg stretched out in front of you and wrap a towel or a stretchy belt around the ball of the foot. Pull the towel back gently until you feel a stretch in the arch of the foot and the calf. Hold for 10 seconds; release. Repeat five times on each leg. These keep your achilles tendons and plantar fasciae from getting too tight!

Incorporate these simple exercises into your everyday life and improve your foot health. Remember, take care of your feet and they will take care of you!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Exercise: How Much is TOO Much?

How Much is Too Much?We are a society of extremes. It appears our “super-size” mentality has moved from the fast food drive-thrus across America into the gyms!

From CrossFit mania to “Ultra” Marathons, no exercise is too much anymore… or is it? Moreover, how do you know when your exercise goes from helping you to hurting you?

When Is It Too Much?

While exercise should definitely be a consistent part of your life,  it shouldn’t take over your life. Some days of exercise are intense—others, not so much. Ultimately, exercise is a stressor. That’s the underlying principle of it. But too much stress from exercise is harmful and your body can begin to break down.

Here are a few signs that you are “over-doing” it with your current exercise routine:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • An elevated resting heart rate
  • Fever
  • Inability to work your earlier level

Obviously these “signs” can be symptoms of other problems, but these should also cause you to take a long hard look at your current exercise routine.

Besides your overall health taking a beating, your feet can suffer as well. Here are some podiatric problems that can result from too much exercise:

If you are experiencing any of these foot problems, see a podiatrist immediately. If you don’t handle these problems correctly early on, you are setting yourself up for serious future challenges. Remember….take care of your feet, and they will take care of you!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz,  Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Why We Don’t Rush Into Foot Surgery

Know Your Options!

Know Your Options!

As specialists, patients often come to us after they’ve first been to see a primary care physician such as a general practitioner, a family doctor, or even a pediatrician. This usually means that our patients have some idea about what to expect from us—perhaps their physician has told them they need a specific type of treatment or has made a well-educated guess about what we’ll have to say.

But as specialists, we’re uniquely trained and experienced with all matters of the lower limbs, and that means that our recommendations may ultimately differ from what a patient may have thought when they first come in to see us.

Let’s take foot surgery, for example.

Before I go any further: my colleagues and I are foot and ankle surgeons. Surgery is part of what we’re trained to do, and it is a regular part of our practice.

Thankfully, however, very few of the problems we treat on a daily basis require immediate surgical attention—something  I’m sure our patients are happy about.

Our philosophy here is pretty simple. In fact, it’s one shared by many physicians of all kinds:

Do the right thing for every patient all of the time.

We also like the phrase “Just because you can do surgery , doesn’t mean you should.”

There are many well trained foot docs in town, but some book surgery as a first choice, and when patients come to us after the fact, we have see some pretty scary complications by over zealous surgeons.

I dont want that to imply that surgery is to be avoided, just well thought through beforehand.

And when it comes to surgery, we always have to remember:

  • Surgery is often irreversible
  • Surgery can be painful, and always carries with it unavoidable risks
  • Often there are significant viable alternatives that should be considered first

Ultimately, our goal is to provide the very best treatment for every patient based upon the unique circumstances of their situation. Sometimes, of course, surgery is the right option.

But don’t be surprised if we try something less drastic first.

Here’s an example: consider the case written up by my fellow podiatrist, Dr. William Fishco, DPM FACFAS. It involved a 14-year-old, 200-pound young man who had been told he was “flatfooted” and had not outgrown an unusual gait. His family had taken him to a pediatrician, and he’d gone on to see a podiatrist who recommended surgery.

Dr. Fishco—who evaluated the young man to provide a second opinion—rightly (in my opinion) decided that surgery was unnecessary and recommended orthotics along with calf and ankle stretches to correct the issues. Interestingly, the young man did not have any pain and participated in sports and other activities with no problem.

In this situation, surgery could have actually caused more problems than it solved.

Orthotics and Other Neat Gadgetry

When there is pain or other trouble with the feet, we now have some amazing orthotics and other tools available to us thanks to some great research and development work over the years. They aren’t always the right solution for every case, but especially when surgery is on the table, don’t be surprised if we offer orthotics or other simpler treatment options first.

It reminds me of something our “computer geek” often says when he asks us if the printer is turned on and plugged in before diving into the full-on troubleshooting: “Always solve the easy problem first.”

And now that my printer is printing again… I can go back to seeing patients.

Do you have foot or ankle pain? If you or a loved one are looking for a foot doctor in Sarasota or Bradenton, my colleagues and I would be happy to help! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Kansas City Chiefs Suffer 2 Major Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs lose 2 key players

Derrick Johnson is out for the season!

Saying the Kansas City Chiefs have started their NFL season on the “wrong foot” could possibly be the understatement of the year.

Not only did the Chiefs lose to the Tennessee Titans 26-10 this past weekend, but two—yes, TWO—of their key players are out for the season with the same injury. Not just any old injury, mind you…a season-ending kind of injury. Groan.

It’s painful to even write this. Linebacker Derrick Johnson, a key defensive player for the Chiefs, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The NFL.com reports…

“It’s hard to overstate this loss. Johnson is one of the very best inside linebackers in football, and he’s the heart and soul of the Chiefs’ defense. There just aren’t many linebackers in football with his range, smarts and versatility.”

But that’s not all. Starting defensive end Mike DeVito also ruptured his Achilles tendon in the game too! Ouch. Both are out for the season. What are the odds?

This team simply couldn’t afford these losses. Its offense is not where it needs to be and was going to rely heavily on its defense to make up the difference. Time for a new game plan. Well, it should be an interesting season, to say the least. We wish Johnson and DeVito the best of luck and a speedy return to health!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Why Do My Feet Smell?

Why do my feet stink?

Back-to-school shoes can mean stinky feet!

Before you know it, cool crisp air will descend upon us, leaves will begin to change, and they days will grow shorter. Oh wait…we live in Florida and it’s still August—the muggiest month of the year. Well, eventually the humidity will lessen, the leaves will fall off the trees, and it “might’ get cooler.

Whether or not it gets cold, Floridians will eventually drag their closed-toe shoes out of the closet and start wearing them again for business or school and the upcoming fall and winter months!

And with full-coverage shoes comes full-on stinky feet! Once you wrap your feet in a full shoe or tennis shoes, the more than 250, 000 sweat glands in your feet go into overdrive and produce sweat!

But the sweat isn’t what stinks!  The smells comes from bacteria that live on our skin  that eat the sweat and then excrete waste!  Yeah, I know. Gross. But true. So, what can you do to help keep this sweat-eating bacteria under control? Here are a few ideas for you:

  • wash your feet with strong anti-bacterial soap
  • wear clean socks
  • don’t wear the same shoes everyday
  • wear well-ventilated shoes instead of very constrictive shoes
  • always wear socks, preferably made of cotton or other absorbent materials
  • change your socks a few times a day, if needed
  • use a daily foot spray
  • use a foot soak weekly to loosen dead skin and make way for new clean skin
  • apply an antiperspirant to your feet
  • spray Lysol in your shoes before you put them in the closet at night, and let it air dry overnight

Following these tips will help keep those feet smelling fresh!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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My Top 7 Back-To-School Shoe Shopping Tips!

7 Shoe Shopping Tips

Shoe shopping can be a breeze if you follow these tips!

It’s that time of year. Summer is drawing to a close and back-to-school sales are everywhere! Pencils, notebooks, folders, clothes…everything is on sale, including shoes.

Here are my top 7 shoe shopping tips to ensure your student gets the best pair of shoes possible!

Top 7 Shoe Shopping Tips for Children

  • Measure your child’s feet before every new shoe purchase, no matter how recently the feet were last measured. Children’s feet grow rapidly!
  • Make sure the child is wearing the socks he or she would normally wear.
  • Carefully inspect the child’s feet for any signs of irritation after trying on new shoes.
  • Although it can save money, try to avoid buying secondhand shoes. Secondhand shoes have different wear patterns that could irritate the second owner’s feet as well as spread fungal infections.
  • Inspect the heels of your child’s existing shoes to look for signs of uneven wear. If you see uneven wear, it could indicate a foot problem that needs to be checked out.
  • Let your child participate in the shoe-shopping experience and ask them how they feel!
  • Choose the size that accommodates the child’s largest foot. Oftentimes, kids have one foot larger than the other.

If you follow these tips closely, your child’s school year should start off on the right foot. (pun fully intended!)

Happy Shoe Shopping!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Foot Care: Self Exam

Self Foot ExamDo you know if your feet are healthy? If not, here’s a simple self exam that can give you a general idea of  the health of your  feet!

Balance. How balanced are you? A good test for balance involves standing on one foot, with your arms out to the side and your eyes closed. If you are less than 30 years old, you should be able to balance for 15 seconds, 30-40 years old for 12 seconds, 40-50 years old for 10 seconds and over 50 years old for seven seconds.

Circulation. Take a careful look at the color of your toes. Are they red, pink, purple or even bluish? Press down on the nail of your big toe until the color blanches. Now let go and allow the blood flow to return to your toe. Color should return within 2-5 seconds in a person with average circulation.

Flexibility. Do you have flexible toes? To find out try to pick up a marble or a small dish towel. Ankle flexibility can be tested by hanging your heel off of a stair. Now let the heel go below the level of the stair. If this causes pain, stop the test. If your heel can go below the level of the stair without too much strain in your calf, that is a good sign. Flexbility can be restored with exercises.

Pain. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Your feet should not hurt! There should be no pain in the average foot. If you have pain, this is an indication something is not right.

Self Foot ExamSensation. Take a pencil eraser and lightly run it on the top, bottom and both sides of your feet. The sensation should feel equal in all areas. Feeling ticklish is o.k!

Skin. Check your skin carefully for calluses, blisters or areas of irritation. Stand next to your shoes. Are they shaped like your feet or are they causing areas of constriction that may result in calluses, blisters or irritation? Put your hand inside your shoe. Are there seams, tacks or rough places in the shoe that correspond to the areas of irritation, calluses or blisters on your feet?

If you discover anything unusual through this self-exam, i.e. pain, decreased sensation, abnormal skin growths, or balance problems, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist for a thorough and professional examination. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you!

 

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DeMarcus Lawrence Breaks Foot in Training Camp

Oh boy…the season hasn’t even started yet and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is already out for 8-10 weeks. He broke his foot and had to be helped off the field at practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Evidently Lawrence and his teammate Smith had a showdown and  Smith won. Lawrence’s foot lost.

Here’s the video from Vine:

Yeah, that hurt. Lawrence was the No. 34 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and was expected to bring some much needed help to the team. The Cowboys were hoping to improve their miserable defense.

With the right care and rest, Lawrence should “be back on his feet” in no time. Here’s hoping there are no more injuries for Dallas’ defense. They’re going to need all the help they can get…

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Source: SB Nation

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Man Faces Foot Amputation with Humor and Grace

Man Faces Foot Amputation with HumorJoe Pleban chose humor over self-pity when deciding to amputate his left foot. He chronicled the time leading up to surgery with a photo series called “The Last Adventures of Joe’s Left Foot.” 

Your first thought may be, “Why in the world would someone decide to amputate their foot?” Good question!   In some rare cases, a deformity or condition leaves a leg that is not 100%.  In these rare conditions, technology is such that a properly fitted prosthetic leg can give a better quality of life and allow the patient to do much more in terms of activity, sports and even extreme activities.   Mt. Everest has been climbed by a man with two prosthetic legs!

Pleban was diagnosed with  pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) after a wake-boarding accident six years ago.  This rare, painful joint disease is characterized by inflammation and overgrowth of the joint lining as well as hemosiderin (iron) build-up inside the joint. It usually affects the hip or knee, but can also occur in the shoulder, ankle, elbow, hand or foot. 

It is unknown what causes PVNS. It doesn’t appear to have a genetic component, or caused by certain jobs or activities. While surgery can be helpful, PVNS comes back about half the time.  

After initially trying to live with the pain, Pleban opted for amputation when the disease began to take away his active lifestyle and love of sports.

“After six years of watching every sport I loved being taken away from me because of my ankle, the idea of taking my ankle away and getting the ability to play all those sports again was almost a no-brainer. On paper it was the logical thing to do, it just took me a little bit to get past the emotional piece,” he wrote on the reddit forum.

Pleban’s foot was amputated June 25 at Georgetown University Hospital in D.C. He is home recovering and working with a physical therapist. He hopes to be fitted with his first custom prosthesis shortly.

We wish Pleban all the best as he starts this new pain-free chapter in his life; we’re confident his humor and grace will continue to serve him well.

Source: NBC Washington

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