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Treating “Pump Bumps” On Your Heel

Our feet are unique and complex parts of our body. Everyone’s feet are completely unique to the other person’s feet. Because we have such unique feet, it can create unique problems for us. There are hundreds of different conditions that can come up, but we will be solely focusing on a condition known as Haglund’s Deformity or “Pump Bump”.

What is Pump Bump?

Pump Bump is a condition that is caused by an enlarged bony prominence on the back of the heel. This condition is very common but can go undiagnosed by people just simply thinking they have foot pain. The biggest cause of this is due to shoes that do not fit our feet properly.

Women tend to run into this issue a lot due to wearing high heels. A lot of athletes also have this condition due to the shoes they wear when performing their sports like Soccer and Basketball. We will cover just a few ways you can treat this condition and avoid it from coming up in the future.

Treating Pump Bump

The main goal of treating Pump Bumps is to focus on taking pressure off the heel in order to avoid additional injury and inflammation.

There are a few ways to treat this without having surgery.  A foot specialist may suggest you wear open-back shoes or just more loosely fitting shoes that are more comfortable on your feet. Another way to treat it is by taking anti-inflammatory medication in hopes the swelling will go down.  Icing the heel every morning and night will drastically improve your heel and will accelerate recovery.

Sometimes, a more serious case calls for a more hands-on approach. You can see a foot specialist that can take pressure imaging and create a custom-fitting orthotic or brace that will take the pressure off your feet.

Medical professionals can also assist with deep tissue massages and ultrasound therapy, but this is always something that should be considered if the other treatments have not worked because it can cost quite a bit of money.

If none of these treatments have worked at healing the heel and pain is still present, surgery may be required. A surgeon will be able to go into the heel and remove the excess bone from the heel until it is completely gone without compromising the rest of the foot.

Post-op will have you in a walking boot for a certain period of time while your foot recovers from the surgery. You can typically expect to be in the boot for up to eight weeks to fully recover from pump bump surgery.

One thing to remember is that if you notice any changes or discomfort in your foot, don’t play it off for just regular pain in your feet. Pump Bumps are so common but can go unnoticed if you aren’t careful.

Feet are far too important to our daily lives to not pay attention to. If you notice this condition is coming on, take the steps necessary in dealing with it. Remember, this condition comes to being mostly because of poorly fitting shoes. Talk to a foot specialist and work to determine which shoe works best for you so you can reduce your chance of having this condition in the future.

Speak with an Orthopedic Specialist Today

Are you suffering with foot pain? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has nearly two dozen offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.