By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 24, 2016

Many patients have a bony enlargement at the back of the heel, known as Haglund’s Deformity. When this enlargement becomes irritated, problems arise. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we believe in educating our patients about common conditions.

Here are the facts about Haglund’s Deformity:

Women develop Haglund’s Deformity more often than men. The reason for this is that one of primary causes of irritation to the deformity is friction from the stiff backs of pump-style shoes. For this reason, Haglund’s Deformity is also referred to as “pump bump.” Of course, any stiff backed shoes, men’s or women’s, can aggravate this condition. These would include work boots, ice skates and men’s dress shoes. Left untreated, the irritation can result in bursitis or Achilles tendonitis.

Heredity plays a role in Haglund’s Deformity. There are certain structural issues with the foot that can be genetic which make patients more prone to this condition. These include:

  • Walking on the outside of the heel
  • A high arch
  • Tight Achilles tendon

There are many non-surgical treatment options available. While these treatments will not reduce the size of the bony protrusion, they can help minimize inflammation and pain. The foot doctor will first need to examine your heel and try to determine the reason you are suffering from Haglund’s Deformity. X-rays may be ordered to allow the podiatrist to see the foot structure. Depending on what’s causing the irritation, our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah may recommend exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon, physical therapy, heel lifts and pads to reduce pressure on the heel and switching to shoes with very soft backs or no backs. The foot doctor may also suggest icing the affected heel and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain until the treatment yields relief.

Don’t suffer unnecessarily. If you are experiencing pain on the back of your heel, contact our Monmouth Junction, Monroe or Edison office for an appointment by calling 732-662-3050.