Do You Have “Pump Bump?” – Learning More About Haglund’s Deformity


Haglund’s Deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel often casually called “pump bump” around podiatrist’s offices. Once formed, the bony enlargement then rubs against the shoes, irritating the soft tissue near the Achilles tendon. Bursitis, a painful inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the tendon and bone, often follows.

The most common cause of Haglund’s Deformity is well-known. Simply put, it’s the long-term daily wearing of high heeled shoes with rigid backs. This means that the deformity is seen more often in women than in men, but no one is immune. Years of wearing any footwear with rigid heels can cause the deformity, including men’s dress shoes.

If you have naturally high foot arches or tight Achilles tendons, or if you tend to pronate (put more weight on the inside of your foot), you may also be at higher risk for developing Haglund’s deformity.

To spot Haglund’s deformity, take note of the following three symptoms in one or both heels:

  1. a bump that you can see or feel
  2. redness or swelling
  3. pain or discomfort where the Achilles tendon attaches

Stay safe from Haglund’s deformity! Keep those high-heeled shoes and only take them out for special occasions. They are the direct cause of a host of podiatric issues. In addition to Haglund’s deformity, they are responsible for causing bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis in many people.

Your podiatrist is the best doctor to diagnose and manage Haglund’s deformity. He or she may offer a variety of treatment options including:

  • Over the counter and prescription medications
  • Exercises and stretches
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Surgery, if the case is severe or doesn’t respond to less invasive approaches

With decades of education and experience, Dr. James M. McKee is an expert at treating Haglund’s Deformity or any other issue you may be facing in your feet and ankles. At Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A., you will receive a meticulous examination, careful diagnosis, individualized state of the art treatment, and thorough follow up. Stop living with foot pain. Call  us at 410-224-4448 or click here to schedule your appointment in our comfortable and convenient office in Annapolis, MD on Solomons Island Road today.