A Haglund’s Deformity Causes Heel Pain


When the back of your heel is severely irritated by incessant rubbing caused by tight shoes, the body responds by creating calcium deposits for protection. A bump grows on the heel, behind the Achilles tendon, in a condition called Haglund’s deformity. It is often referred to as the “pump bump” because it affects those who wear high heeled shoes.

Treatments for Haglund’s deformity include:

1)    Custom orthotic inserts - Custom orthotics minimize some of the motion in the foot and redirect pressure away from the heel.

2)    Wear the proper shoes - Wear sandals or light cloth footwear that doesn’t rub on your heel area.

3)    Immobilizing the area - A rigid boot will keep the foot from moving and prevent rubbing and irritation.

4)    Pain medications - These reduce both pain and inflammation.

5)    Cool the heel area - Swelling can be reduced by applying ice wrapped in a towel to the area for ten to fifteen minutes several times a day.

6)    Physical therapy - Use stretching and strengthening exercises to increase muscle strength and flexibility and to relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon.

The condition may need surgery if pain and discomfort continue to be unbearable. The size of the bump can be decreased by a debridement procedure and complete removal may be necessary.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort on the back of your heel, see your foot doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.