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White lump on the underside of heel, painful. What is this lump ?

I have a white bump on the underside of my heel, slightly to the inside. It s painful, even when I have my foot up. It s not very big, as wide across as a pen cap. I had warts on my feet when I was a kid, but I don t remember them hurting as much as this does. Otherwise, I am healthy, not on any medication currently. Female 21 years, overweight . What is this lump? What should I do about it?
Asked On : Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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Hello and welcome to HCM
A painful swelling on underside of the heel can be a 'corn'.
A corn is formed due to proliferation of upper layers of the skin. It is a harmless lesion and treatment consists of removal of the corn.
This swelling can be due to bony growth or any other soft tissue growth.
X-ray of the foot will determine whether the swelling is arising from the bone or soft tissue.
Exact diagnosis can only be made by clinical examination and investigations.
Consult your doctor for further management.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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