Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s Deformity, or “pump bump”, is an enlargement of the bone where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel. This causes an increase in motion against the shoe counter.

Causes of Haglund’s Deformity

  • Being overweight
  • An imbalance in the muscles
  • Deformity in the bone
  • A tightness in muscles of the back of the leg
  • Over-stretching the band of tissue from the ball of the foot to the heel
  • Trauma
  • Warming up or training improperly

What can a patient do?

  • Purchase comfortable and supportive shoes
  • Be sure to stretch sufficiently before exercise
  • Employ the RICE technique- rest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Wear a heel lift in a shoe

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Examine the afflicted area
  • Perform the appropriate scan, such as a CT, MRI, X-ray, or bone scan
  • Suggest taping or an over-the-counter arch support
  • Prescribe a custom orthosis or medication
  • Provide injections and discuss surgery if necessary