Haglunds Deformity

Haglunds deformity is an anatomic variation in which the back of the heel bone is larger than normal. Generally there is nothing wrong with that except that pressure from the shoes can be painful.

Most Useful Resources:
Haglunds Deformity (Foot Health Forum)
The Haglunds deformity or ‘Pump Bump’ (Foot Health Friday)
Haglunds in an elite marathon runner (Podiatry Arena)
The Pump Bump (Podiatry Ninja)
Haglunds Deformity (Best Running Shoe)

Plantar Heel Fat Pad Atrophy

The fat pad under the heel protects the foot by providing cushioning and shock absorption. A problem can arise if that fat pad atrophies and it can result in heel pain.

Most Useful Resources:
Heel fat pad atrophy (Foot Health Forum)
heel pad atrophy HELP (Foot Health Forum)
Fat pad atrophy (PodiaPaedia)
Heel Fat Pad Atrophy (Foot Health Friday)

Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome is a reasonaly common problem affecting the function of the cuboid bone and the joints around it. It is a common casue of lateral foot pain. Manipulation of teh cboid bone is a common treatment.

Most Useful Resources:
Cuboid syndrome (Foot Health Forum)
Mobilisation for cuboid syndrome (Podiatry Arena)
Cuboid syndrome (Podiatry Arena)
Cuboid Syndrome (PodiaPaedia)
Manipulation for Cuboid Syndrome (Podiatry Update)
Woke up with pain on the outer side of my foot, what could it be? (Podiatry Experts)
Could it be plantar fasciitis? (Podiatry Experts)
Cuboid Syndrome (Podiatry TV)

Cancer and the Foot

Cancer can affect the foot either via a primary tumor in a tissue in the foot or as a secondary tumor from a more proximal metastasis.

Most Useful Resources:
Cancer (Foot Health Forum)
Cancer threads (Podiatry Arena)
Cancer metastasis in the foot (Podiatry Arena)
Cancer and the Foot (PodiaPaedia)
The Oncologist (Podiatry Apps)

Calcaneal Apophysitis

Calcaneal Apophysitis is also called Severs Disease and is a common condition of the growth plate at the back of the heel bone in kids. It is most commonly treated with a cushioned heel raise and is a self limiting problem that eventually comes right by itself.

Most Useful Resources:
Calcaneal Apophysitis (Foot Health Forum)
Calcaneal Apohysitis or Stress fracture (Podiatry Arena)
Calcaneal Apophysitis (Podiatry Arena)
Calcaneal Apophysitis (PodiaPaedia)
Heel Pain in Children (Severs Disease; Calcaneal apophysitis) (ePodiatry)

Baxters Nerve Entrapment

Baxter nerve entrapment is a cause of heel pain with the symptoms often mimicking plantar fasciitis and should be conisdered in any case of heel pain the has a neurological component to it.

Most Useful Resources:
Baxters Nerve Entrapment (PodiaPaedia)
Baxter’s Neuritis (Medial Calcaneal Nerve Neuritis) (Podiatry Arena)
Baxter’s neuropathy secondary to plantar fasciitis (Podiatry Arena)
Baxters Nerve Entrapment (Podiatry TV)
Baxters nerve or plantar fasciitis? (Podiatry Experts)
Baxters Nerve Entrapment (Foot Health Forum)

Foot Problems in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis is primarily a problem of the spine, but the arthritis there can also cause arthritis in the foot and pain in the heel. The involvement of the spine also means the feet are going to be difficult to reach to provide self care for foot problems.

Most Useful Resources:
Ankylosing Spondylitis (PodiaPaedia)
Ankylosing spondylitis (Foot Health Forum)
Heel Pain and Ankylosing Spondilitis ? (Podiatry Experts)
Impaired Gait in Ankylosing Spondylitis (Podiatry Arena)
Tarsal involvement in ankylosing spondylitis (Podiatry Arena)
Ankylosing spondylitis (Podiatry Arena)

Rupture the plantar fascia to treat plantar fasciitis

This is something of a legend that happened in Australia where a footballer with a chronic plantar fasciitis allegedly jumped from a height in order to rupture his plantar fascia to facilitate healing. A surgical cutting of the plantar fascia is often used to treat chronic plantar fasciitis. It apparently worked.

Most Useful Resources:
Deliberate Rupture of Plantar Fascia to Treat Plantar Fasciitis (PodiaPaedia)
Rupture the plantar fascitis to help? (Podiatry Experts)
Deliberate rupture of plantar fasica to treat plantar fasciitis (Podiatry Arena)

Oscon for Severs Disease

Severs disease or calcaneal apophysitis is a common problem causing pain in the heel of kids; it is an overuse type injury to the growth plate at the back of the heel bone. It is a self limiting problem that always comes right eventually when the growth in the heel bone stops. Several treatments have been advocated for it treatment. One of these is a dietary supplement called Oscon which consists of selenium and vitamin E. It is only supported by the use of testimonials and no clinical study has been done on it. It is not clear if it is worth trying or not as most children do get the minimum dietary requirements for Vitamin E and Selenium from their normal daily intake.

Most Useful Resources:
Oscon Supplements for Severs Disease (PodiaPaedia)
Discussion on Oscon and Severs (Podiatry Arena)
Does Oscon work for Severs disease? (Podiatry Experts)