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
- 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