When it comes to things like double-stuffed Oreos, double-feature drive-in movies, and double-scoop ice cream, doubling is great. Having twice as much of a good thing can be quite enjoyable. On the other hand, unpleasant and painful things can be doubled, too—like the double-whammy of two problems in your heels compounding your pain. A pump bump, also called Haglund’s deformity, and heel bursitis often go hand-in-hand, doubling your discomfort and making treatment more difficult.
The risk with many foot conditions is that, because everything in your lower limbs connects to something else, one problem can lead to another. That’s certainly the case for Haglund’s deformity and heel bursitis. A pump bump enlarges when it’s under pressure and friction, usually from shoes, or a tight tendon. Unfortunately, this bump development can cause it to press against the heel bursa and the Achilles tendon.
The bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a lubricating cushion between hard bone and moving soft tissue—in this case, your Achilles—to protect both from friction and injury. However, the bursa can get pinched between the enlarged Haglund’s deformity and the tough tendon. This can actually inflame and irritate the small sac.
As a result, you have swelling and pain in your heel from your pump bump, which is then made worse by developing additional swelling and inflammation from bursitis. It’s a double-whammy of heel pain, and your foot needs treatment for both problems to accurately address the discomfort. Treat only one of the issues and you may still be left with some pain.
That’s why getting an accurate diagnosis for heel pain problems is so important. You need to know all the causes of your discomfort so you can treat your pain more effectively. Let our specialists at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC help you cover all your foot needs so you eliminate pain at the source. Make an appointment at our Milford or Hamden, CT, offices to take care of your heel issues today before you’re stuck with the double trouble of a pump bump and bursitis. Use our website or call us: (203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.