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Thursday, 05 October 2017 20:40

Is that Bump on Your Heel Haglund’s Deformity?

Haglund’s Deformity, casually referred to as “Pump Bump” by some podiatrists, is a hard, bony enlargement on the back of the heel. Because the most common cause is the long-term daily wearing of rigid shoes, especially those with high heels, Haglund’s Deformity is seen more often in female patients. However, men are not immune: any shoes with rigid backs can cause the deformity, including men’s dress shoes. Whether you are male or female, you may also be at increased risk for Haglund’s deformity if you have naturally high foot arches, a tight Achilles tendon, or if you tend to walk on the outside of your heel.

Symptoms and Complications

Haglund’s Deformity can develop in one foot at a time, or bilaterally, meaning that both feet can be affected. Once formed, the deformity can irritate the soft tissue near the Achilles tendon. Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that creates cushioning between the tendon and bone, often results. This is bursitis, and it’s typically very painful.  If you experience discomfort in your heel, especially at the site where the Achilles tendon attaches, or if you notice redness, swelling, or a bump on the back of the heel, it’s time to call the foot doctor for an exam.

Preventing and Treating Haglund’s Deformity

The very best thing that you can do for to prevent Haglund’s deformity and a host of other foot problems to invest in a pair of sensible shoes for everyday use. Choose a soft pair with a low heel and wide, comfortable toe box. Save your dress shoes for special occasions. In addition to Haglund’s deformity, they can contribute to bunions, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, and more.

Your podiatrist may offer a variety of treatment options for Haglund’s Deformity, including icing and anti-inflammatory medications. He or she may also recommend shoe inserts or orthotics for cushioning, exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon, or physical therapy. In rare cases, when these approaches don’t succeed, surgery may be appropriate.

Whether you’re dealing with Haglund’s Deformity or any other issue of the feet, ankles, or lower legs, Dr. Jason Grossman can offer a thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, and modern treatment. Click here or call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 today to schedule your appointment in our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville offices.