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Hard bump on left backside of left heel, rough and dry skin, pain while walking. How can I get rid of it?

I have a hard bump on the left backside of my left heel, I can t remember when I first got it but i believe it to be over a year ago, I never had it looked at or treated it for anything because i really didn t pay attention to it, but then it started to hurt, and has been hurting for some time now. hurts when I put my shoe on or take it off, hurts when I walk on it and it even hurts if i m laying on the couch and have it directly against the couch. at first i believe it was a bump now it doesn t protrude out as much i think because of walking on it for so long, but if i run my finger over it the middle dimples i m and the skin is very rough and dry. its probably about the size of my pinky nail. What is it and how can i get it to go away?
Asked On : Sat, 10 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description, I suspect that you could be suffering from Retrocalcaneal bursitis (inflammation of bursa at the back of heel).

The initial treatment of this condition involves

* avoiding activities that cause pain
* taking NSAID's like Advil or Aleve
* Icing the heel several times a day
* physical therapy to improve flexibility and strength around the ankle
* Over-the-counter or custom heel wedges may help to decrease the stress placed on the attachment of the Achilles tendon and the associated bursa.

If these interventions are ineffective, then some health care providers may inject a small amount of steroids into the bursa.

Very rarely, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed bursa.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Mon, 2 Sep 2013
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