If you’ve noticed a painful bony bump on the back of your heel, there is a chance you have developed Haglund’s Deformity, also commonly called “pump bump. With proper treatments provided by an experienced foot care specialist, you can find relief from heel pain!

What causes Haglund’s Deformity?

This condition often results from repeated pressure on the heel area from footwear and leads to irritation and swelling of the Achilles tendon area. If you tend to walk on the outside of your feet, have high arches or tight Achilles tendons, your chances of developing Haglund’s Deformity may be higher.

What are the symptoms?

The repeated friction or pressure from shoes can lead to:

  • Pain at the back of the heel
  • Inflammation
  • Bony enlargement of the heel bone
  • Redness

How can it be treated?

Conservative methods such as:

  • Heel pads
  • Proper fitting shoes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Stretches for the Achilles tendon
  • Icing

For more persistent pain and bony protrusion, other methods may be recommended for treatment.

If you have any pain or discomfort on your heel, talking to an experienced board-certified podiatrist can help diagnose and ease concerns. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. Contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment today!