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Explaining Haglund’s Deformity

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Haglund's deformity, commonly known as pump bump, is a bony enlargement that forms where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone. This painful condition often results from repetitive friction caused by wearing stiff or poorly fitting shoes, such as high heels or rigid-backed footwear. The constant rubbing leads to inflammation, redness, swelling, and the formation of calluses around the affected area. Those with abnormal foot mechanics, such as foot supination or high arches, are at higher risk of Haglund’s deformity. Symptoms include a visible bony bump, pain at the back of the heel, and swelling, particularly when wearing tight shoes. Conservative treatment includes reducing pressure and friction through wearing better-fitting footwear, heel pads, and certain exercises to alleviate pain and inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the bony protrusion and restore normal function. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain or suspect you have Haglund's deformity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear of Burlington County Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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