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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

For most people wearing shoes is just a part of daily life that we do without much thought. But for patients that we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM see with Haglund’s Deformity it is a painful and dreaded experience. Also known as “pump bump,” Haglund’s Deformity refers to a bony enlargement that develops in some people at the top of the heel—right about the spot where the edge of a pump heel would hit. In many cases, a defect in foot structure or mechanics predisposes your foot to develop this bony bump. Haglund’s Deformity can also occur in patients with high arches, a tendency to underpronation (walking on the outside edge of your foot) or a tight Achilles tendon. Although you cannot change the structure of your foot, below are ways to decrease the pressure on the bony protrusion and relieve pain:

  1. Reduce pain and inflammation. With repeated pressure and friction from stiff shoes, high backed work boots or ice skates the tissue and skin around the pump bump becomes inflamed, swollen and very painful. To relieve these symptoms, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, may recommend rest to give the heel a chance to heal. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen and icing the heel are two other pain relief methods the foot doctor can choose.
  2. Modify shoe choices. Shoes with no backs will be the easiest on your heel if you have this condition. When choosing closed back shoes, look for ones with heel cups made of soft, flexible material. You may also want to consider heel pads to place between the shoe and the bony protrusion for added comfort and protection.
  3. Correct the cause. Depending on what is responsible for your pump bump, there may be ways to help decrease the pressure such as using heel lifts to compensate for a high arch, stretching exercises to loosen up a tight Achilles tendon or custom orthotics to help correct a structural problem.

After examining your heel, the foot doctor will know the best course of treatment for your Haglund’s Deformity. If you have this conditions, contact our Washington office at your soonest convenience by calling: (724) 225-7410.

 

 

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