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The bony part of the back of your heel is subject to becoming irritated, painful, and swollen as a result of the pressure and friction caused by tightly fitting shoes. Shoes like high heels that greatly increase pressure on the heel and toes can cause a hard, bony bump to form on the heel called a Haglund’s deformity, also known as the pump bump. This growth forms close to the Achilles tendon and bursitis is often seen along with it as the buildup of calcium deposits occurs adding to the pain and discomfort.
Some of the more conservative treatments for Haglund’s deformity include the following:
- Wear comfortable shoes—The wearing of backless or soft canvas footwear will relieve the constant pressure and allow the skin to heal.
- Pain medications will also help reduce swelling—Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help to reduce pain and swelling and spreading a topical pain reliever on the inflamed area will often provide some relief.
- Icing the area—Place ice wrapped in a towel or use ice packs on the area for fifteen minutes several times a day to decrease swelling and pain.
- Physical therapy exercises for strength and flexibility—Stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet and calf muscles help relieve strain and pressure on the Achilles tendon and heel area.
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts—arch supports, and heel lifts will aid in decreasing motion and redirecting pressure.
These treatments will have the added benefit of helping to relieve the bursitis that is causing some of the pain and discomfort. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to shave the bump down so shoes can be comfortably worn.
If you have pain and discomfort on the back of your heel see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Your heels are the first point of contact with the ground with nearly every step you take and they do an amazing job of absorbing the stress and pressure. The bone that forms your heel is the largest bone in your foot and creates some of the critical structure that is necessary to shape and support the arch.
Muscles and tendons extend on each side of your heel provide movement for your big toe and pinky toe. Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, so there are many situations where injuries may arise with your heels causing debilitating heel pain and discomfort.
3 common sources of heel pain include the following:
- Achilles tendon injury—This is actually the largest tendon in your body and has the demanding job of connecting your heel bone with your calf muscle. The location where it attaches to your heel bone is particularly sensitive to disruption and will often be the sight of pain and discomfort caused by repetitive stress, injury or overuse.
- Plantar fasciitis—One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot between your heel bone and your toes. When this arch tissue is irritated and inflamed, the pain often shows up in the heel and can be especially noticeable when first getting out of bed after resting.
- Haglund’s deformity—The “pump bump” is often caused by tight fitting shoes. This painful growth appears on the back of the heel and forms partially in response to the excessive pressure and rubbing caused by high heels and other tight shoes.
Treatment for heel pain can be often be accomplished easily with custom-fitted orthotic inserts used to decrease pressure on the heel. For more difficult cases, advanced treatments like laser and shockwave therapy can reduce pain and help improve blood circulation.
If you are experiencing pain in your heel, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatristZahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
If you are you experiencing a painful bump on the back of your heel at the location where your Achilles tendon attaches to the bone, then you may have Haglund’s deformity. While this abnormality frequently affects women who wear high heels (the pump bump), it can affect anyone who often wears shoes with rigid backs.
People who overpronate and those with tight Achilles tendons are more susceptible to developing this deformity. The constant pressure on the heel causes a bony enlargement to develop creating extreme pain, swelling, blistering, and sometimes bursitis may occur.
Things you can try at home to relieve pain
Wearing shoes that don’t rub on the heel such as sandals or clogs will help remove the source of the friction. Applying ice to the heel will reduce swelling. You can try adding heel pads to your footwear backs to ease pain and rubbing. If you have a tight Achilles tendon or high arches, always use the recommended orthotic shoe inserts and perform daily tendon stretching exercises.
Other treatment options:
If the bump continues to grow and the pain becomes worse, there are several other options for treatment that your foot doctor may suggest. These include:
- Custom shoe inserts—By redistributing the pressure, these inserts can relieve pain and discomfort.
- Pain treatment—Oral and topical pain and inflammation reduction medications like ibuprofen are very helpful.
- Foot immobilization—It may be necessary to wear a walking boot or soft cast so the foot can heal properly.
If these methods do not improve the condition, a surgical option to reshape the bone may need to be considered.
If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the highest quality foot and ankle care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!