Large, Hard Lump on the Back of My Right Heel

Posted by keenh:

I too have the large, hard lump on the back of my right heel. Mine came after having to constantly sprint a fair distance, sometimes out of nowhere. I worked as Head of Security in two casinos that were separated by a paved parking lot. It wasn’t that bad at first, but got to the point I could hardly walk. This was at the end of 2010. It gives me pain a lot of the time still. Especially when I’m on my feet walking around for a long period of time. I went to the local fossil of a podiatrist and told him my problem. He did x-rays of my foot, then proceeded to tape it and told me I was good to go. When I asked him what the bump was, he said “What bump?”. I showed him and he took out a little square pad and cut a semi-circle in it, stuck it around the bump, taped it and sent me on my way. He said it may be a bursitis, but with the fact he had no idea what he was doing, I’m seriously wanting a second opinion. Is there anything to do for a bursitis? I would really love to get this taken care of. It hurts a lot. Especially when I get up in the morning and try to walk.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Based off of your symptoms it does sound like an Achilles tendonitis / bursitis. Achilles tendonitis can occur during excessive activity, such as running or standing. It typically presents as pain first step in the morning, with prolonged standing or with certain activities. The bump you are referencing could be an enlargement of the bursa and is often referred to as a Haglund’s deformity.

    When I have a patient with Achilles tendonitis / bursitis I often do injections into the bursa, give heel lifts and do eccentric exercises. If you are concerned about the previous diagnosis, I would get a second opinion and discuss additional treatment options. In the mean time, I would try to stretch your calves or do myofascial release and avoid going barefoot or in flat shoes.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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