Are You Rocking the “Pump Bump”? Haglund’s Deformity A Result of Wearing High Heels
The “pump bump” may sound like a dance move or a trendy new hairstyle, but it’s something far less cool than it sounds. Haglund’s Deformity, also known as the “pump bump,” is a bony enlargement located on the back of the heel bone, says podiatrist Dr. Todd Hyatt of Triad Foot Center.
Haglund’s Deformity got its nickname because the bump typically occurs in women who wear pumps, a type of high heel. But Haglund’s Deformity can occur as a result of the shape of your foot. High arches, a tight Achilles tendon, wearing shoes with a stiff back or walking on the outside of your feet can all lead to the development of a pump bump.
Sufferers of Haglund’s Deformity typically have an enlarged, bony bump on the back of their heel and may experience heel pain. Blisters may also appear on your heels due to your shoes rubbing against the bump.
“The best way to avoid developing Haglund’s Deformity is to steer away from shoes with rigid backs and use shoe inserts, or custom orthotics, if you have a high arch or a tight Archilles tendon,” Dr. Hyatt advises. “The inserts will help to stretch the tendon and prevent the development of a dreaded pump bump.”
Wearing heel pads, icing the back of your heel after removing your shoes and choosing open-heeled shoes are a few ways you can alleviate pain at home. If your pain persists, it’s best that you visit your podiatrist for more personalized treatment.
Treatment of Haglund’s Deformity largely depends on the severity of the condition. Shoe modifications, like heel pads and arch supports, anti-inflammatory medication, soft casts or walking boots, and even surgery are all options when treating this condition.
“If you believe you are suffering from Haglund’s Deformity, the best thing you can do is visit your podiatrist immediately, as early treatment is key with any condition,” reminds Dr. Hyatt.