What is a Haglund’s Deformity?
Sometimes known as ‘pump bump’ because Haglund’s deformity occurs in women who tend to wear high heels and is an enlargement at the back of the heel bone.
A number of factors can contribute to Haglund’s deformity. It can be caused by shoes which have a firm and hard back. Another factor is foot shape. People with high arches, a tight Achilles tendon, or those with a tendency to walk on the outside of the foot are more likely to develop this condition.
Haglund’s Deformity Symptoms
Early symptoms include heel pain and an enlarged bony prominence on the back of the heel. Other symptoms include the appearance of blisters on the heel which result when shoes rub excessively against the bump.
Home treatment might not be able to get rid of the pain or the enlargement. If so, it is advised to call our office for an evaluation.
Haglund’s Deformity Treatment Options Katy TX:
- It is advised to not to wear shoes with hard backs. If one has a tight Achilles tendon or high arches, Haglund’s deformity can be prevented by wearing. shoes with inserts and stretching the Achilles tendon adequately
- Heel pads at the back of the shoe can also help relieve some of the pressure. Ice can be applied to the affected region.
There are several treatment options available depending on the severity of the condition:
- Shoe modification: Our doctors may recommend heel lifts, heel pads, arch supports or even customized orthotic supports to relieve pressure from the back of the foot.
- Medication: Topical anti-inflammatory medicationscan be applied directly to the affected area to provide relief.
- Immobilization: In extreme cases, the area might need to be immobilized in order to allow it to heal. This can be done by using a walking boot or a custom-made soft cast.
If none of the above mentioned methods provide relief, then surgery may need to be performed by our doctors in order to help relieve your condition and pain. Please call our office to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.