Foot disorders starting with H

Haglund’s Deformity (Pump Bump)

What is Haglund's Deformity?Haglund's Deformity is a bony enlargement of the back of the heel bone. Sometimes it's called “pump bump” because the deformity often occurs in women who wears pumps.CausesThe shape of your foot can contribute to the development of Haglund's Deformity. If you have high arches, a tight Achilles tendon, or a tendency to walk on the outside of your feet,...

Hallux Limitus (Big Toe Arthritis)

Stiffness of the big toe joint is termed Hallux Limitus. Hallux is the medical term for the big toe. When the big toe possesses no motion, it is termed Hallux Rigidus. To confuse the topic, the big toe joint may appear to have normal motion, but this motion can be limited when weight is on the foot and during the normal standing and walking. This is termed functional Hallux limitus, because it...

Hallux Varus

Hallux varus is a condition in which the great toe is pointing away from the 2nd toe. This can be considered the opposite of a hallux valgus or bunion deformity. In contrast to a bunion, however, the 1st metatarsal remains in its anatomical position while the great toe is deviated towards the middle of the body.Hallux varus most commonly occurs as a complication from bunion surgery. However,...

Hammertoes

What are hammertoes? An imbalance between the tendons located on the top and bottom of your toe can cause a contracture of the toes, a condition known as hammertoes. Hammertoes can be flexible or rigid. When rigid, they make it impossible to straighten your toe out by manipulating it.Hammertoes can cause you to develop corns on the top of your toe from constant rubbing against your shoe....

Heel Pain, Heel Spurs

What is heel pain? Most heel pain occurs on the bottom of the heel. Heel pain can seem to occur for no apparent reason and can become worse when you attempt to put weight on the foot. Patients commonly notice the pain when they first get out bed in the morning or when getting up to stand after sitting for a long period of time. Most of the time the pain is caused by overuse, such as extra...

Heel pain, Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

A common foot complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. This is often referred to as heel spurs or plantar fasciitis. It commonly is painful the first few steps in the morning or after rest. It tends to get worse the longer one stands during the day. It is caused by subtle changes in foot structure that occurs over time. These changes result in the gradual flattening of the arch. As this...

High Blood Pressure

What Is High Blood Pressure?High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as your heart pumps out blood. Hypertension occurs when your blood pressure rises and stays above normal over a period of time.Hypertension is often related to atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in blood...