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Understanding the Pump Bump

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Woman in heelsThere are many different kinds of pumps, from water pumps to classic feminine footwear. You can also get them on the backs of your heels—pump bumps, that is. These boney protrusions can be related to your shoe choices, particularly if you wear stylish pumps regularly, which is where they get their name. However, they can also come from more natural causes. These minor deformities may or may not be a problem for you, but they can definitely grow worse and cause issues if you don’t take care of them.

Pump bumps are actually what’s called a “Haglund’s deformity.” They are hard lumps that develop on the back of your heel bone in response to pressure and strain there. For many people, this pressure and strain comes in the form of stiff-backed shoes, like those in many stylish pumps. Still, any stiff-backed shoes could contribute to the problem, from men’s dress shoes to ice skates.

Shoes don’t have to be the only culprits, though. For many people it’s a more natural problem. Their heel bone may be shaped differently, or the back of the foot is under a lot of pressure from an overly tight Achilles or abnormally high arches. Even walking on the outside of your heel instead of more evenly could potentially contribute to the problem.

Whatever the cause, the pressure, friction, and strain on the back of the foot aggravates the bone tissue. The bony bump enlarges and becomes swollen and inflamed. The protrusion can pinch the protective bursa sac and rub against your Achilles tendon, contributing to bursitis as well as tendon pain and dysfunction. Continued pressure and stress on the back of the heel aggravates the problem, while reducing the strain on the bone alleviates it.

If you notice an uncomfortable, boney bump on the back of your foot, you might just have Haglund’s deformity. This isn’t something to worry about, but if it’s causing you pain, you shouldn’t ignore it, either. Taking care of a pump bump isn’t difficult, particularly if you address it early on. Let our specialists at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC in Milord and Hamden, CT, help you with your heels today. Contact us for more information through our website. You can also call and request a consultation: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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