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You may have a Haglund’s deformity if you:
- Wear high heels frequently
- Have a bump on your heel
- Experience pain in the back of your heel (particularly if it’s accompanied by localized swelling)
Also known as “pump bump,” this condition is definitely one reason you should consider limiting how often you wear high-heeled shoes (even if those pumps are “super cute”).
See, choosing the wrong footwear is akin to marrying the wrong person:
Things might be okay at first, but they can (and likely will) become intolerable over time.
Fortunately, it’s much easier to address the pump bump problem.
While earlier treatment is always better, we have options to help you get the relief you need – no matter how long it’s been an issue. If this condition causes you pain, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
What is Haglund’s deformity?
This is a medical condition that causes pain and the formation (and enlargement) of a bony bump in the back of the heel – the Haglund’s deformity.
When there is no external pressure placed upon it, the bump itself is not necessarily painful. However, if you wear shoes that have a curved, rigid backing or heel straps (as many pumps and stilettos have), a war starts between the shoe and the back of your heel.
In addition to pain from certain footwear, other symptoms include swelling and redness.
The swelling can often be reduced by switching to lower-heeled shoes, although this may lead to a new issue (more on this in a second).
So, what is the bump? Where does it come from?
This is actually a bone spur. Bone spurs are calcium deposits that build up on existing bone tissue in areas typically subjected to excessive pressure. Basically, your body is trying to protect the area.
A bone spur on the bottom of the heel isn’t necessarily a big deal. There is plenty of padding down there and you might not even notice one.
The back of the heel, however, has considerably less padding. (If you aren’t sure what we’re talking about, just reach down there and you can easily feel there isn’t much between the heel bone and skin.)
One problem can sometimes lead to another in our bodies. For pump bump, this is seen when time and chronic inflammation lead to bursitis.
Between your heel bone and Achilles tendon, you have a small, fluid-filled sac (a bursa). Its function is to provide cushioning so the Achilles can slide more easily. When a pump bump presses into the bursa, it causes swelling, pain, and redness. (That is bursitis in a nutshell.)