What to Do About “Pump Bump”

Pump Bump, or as it’s known by its official name, Haglund’s Deformity, is an enlarged bony protrusion on the back of the heel. Rigid-backed shoes and footwear, including high-heeled shoes, work boots, and even ice skates, rub against the bone, irritating and inflaming the soft tissue surrounding the bone. You will most likely notice swelling and redness around the bone to go along with your discomfort and pain. More women than men develop this deformity because of the stiffness of pumps and where they traditionally rub on the back of the heel, hence the name, Pump Bump. Other causes of Haglund’s Deformity are defects in foot structure such as high arches or a tight Achilles tendon. If you have a tendency to walk on the outside of the heel you may also be more prone to developing this deformity.

Treatment for Haglund’s Deformity

At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh will first take a detailed medical history and then do a thorough exam of your foot and ankle. With over 15 years of experience serving the Oklahoma City region, Dr. Buksh is an expert at diagnosing and treating all types of foot and ankle conditions. If your diagnosis is Haglund’s Deformity, Dr. Buksh will work with you to develop the treatment plan that’s best for you, including one or more of the following options:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling
  • Icing to reduce swelling
  • Heel pads or lifts or other orthotics inserted into your shoes to reduce pressure and rubbing on the inflamed area
  • A change in footwear to shoes with soft or no backs

If you are looking for relief from this painful condition, schedule an appointment for a consultation today. You can call our Norman office at (405) 321-6984 or our Edmond office at (405) 285-7408.