Haglund’s Deformity Causes Heel Pain


The bony area on the back of your heel can become irritated, swollen, and reddened by the friction caused by tightly-fitting shoes. Shoes such as high heeled pumps are often the main cause of Haglund’s deformity, which is why the condition is also called the “pump bump”. The growth forms close to the Achilles tendon. Bursitis often accompanies the condition and exacerbates the buildup of calcium deposits, thereby increasing the size of the protrusion.

Some of the conservative treatments for Haglund’s deformity include:

1)    Change to more comfortable shoes—Wear backless or soft canvas footwear and avoid wearing high heels.

2)    Pain medications—Ibuprofen or other NSAIDs will help to reduce pain and swelling. A topical pain reliever on the inflamed area can also help.

3)    Ice packs—Ice wrapped in a towel and applied to the area for fifteen minutes several times a day will reduce inflammation and pain.

4)    Strength and flexibility exercises—Stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf muscle and foot will relieve strain and pressure on the Achilles tendon.

5)    Custom orthotic insertsArch supports and heel lifts will minimize motion and redirect pressure.

These measures will also help to heal the bursitis that is causing much of the pain and discomfort. For larger bumps, surgical debridement may be needed to provide complete relief. The goal of surgery is to remove any dead tissue and then smooth the bump so that it is more manageable.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort on the back of your heel, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.