For those who may have wondered what is a pump bump and why it is called that, this condition is a fairly common problem. The proper name is “Haglund’s deformity,” and it’s a bony protrusion on the back of the heel bone. Some people develop it as a result of their natural foot shape, while others develop it from aggravations on the back of the heel. Stiff-backed shoes, like pumps, tend to create pressure on the foot that irritates and enlarges the protrusion, giving the deformity the name “pump bump.”
The pain from a Haglund’s Deformity is usually caused by the protrusion rubbing against the bursa between the bone and the Achilles tendon. As the protective sac there becomes irritated and inflamed, you develop painful bursitis. Fortunately, this condition is easy to treat conservatively. If you have an uncomfortable, visible bump on the back of your heels, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment to care of it. You can use the online request form, or call either of our two offices: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.