Posts for tag: Dr. Ben Gujral

I’m pretty sure that it is safe to say that unless you have this syndrome, you have no idea what this is! Well don’t worry, by the end of this blog you will know exactly what this is and how to recognize it if you or someone you know should ever develop it. So what exactly is Haglunds Deformity? It is when you get a bony growth on the back of your heel that sticks out. This bone grows due to constant rubbing and friction on the bone. After time this new bone can cause something called bursitis, which adds to the bump forming! A bursa is a sac of fluid that prevents rubbing between things like skin and bone, but sometimes they can get inflamed, which is called bursitis. A nickname for this syndrome is “pump bump”, because women tend to get this from wearing high heels! Some of our favorite actresses like Kaley Cuoco and Jessica Simpson are prone to developing this because they were high heels so frequently.

The symptoms of this syndrome include an abnormal bump on the back of the heel, it is very painful and if the bursa becomes inflamed the bump will increase in size and usually turns red. Needless to say, it’s pretty obvious when someone has this syndrome!

So what should you do if you have this bump on your heel? The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ!  Depending on the severity of the deformity there are 4 different treatment options. For a syndrome that isn’t too severe and is relatively new, the RICE idea will work, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Also getting shoes that aren’t tight fitting is important! Sometimes orthotics are prescribed to help avoid pressure on the heel. In the most severe cases surgery and injections are required to reduce the inflammation and to get rid of the growing bone bump.

By  Varun Gujral

No this isn’t a new version of the popular song; this is a deformity of the toes! If you aren’t sure what this is, it is a deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joints in the toe. What the heck is that? If you look at your toes and bend them down, the first joint you see bending, that is the joint we’re talking about. Hammertoe is when this joint deforms causing the joint to be bent permanently, so it looks like a hammer. This normally happens in the second, third and fourth toes.

Some common causes of this are wearing shoes that put the toes in this bent position frequently. Common shoe types that can cause this type of toe bending are shoes that are too tight or too small and high heels.  Some of our favorite actresses like Jennifer Anniston and Natalie Portman have an increased risk of developing hammertoe because they frequently wear high heels.  These shoes cause the muscles of the toes to shorten, which pulls them into this position; the muscles can become permanently shortened. There are some underlying conditions that can cause this, for example osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, a stroke or diabetes.

If you suspect that you or a family member may have hammertoe you should make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ to get your feet checked out! The treatment for hammer toe depends on the severity of the deformity. For less severe cases your podiatrist will recommend physical therapy and toe boxes in your shoes. Toe boxes are inserts that will separate your toes and let them have space to “stretch” out. In more severe cases surgery will be required to fix the deformity. After surgery you will need to do some physical therapy exercises to help the toes maintain their new shape.

by Varun Gujral