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Pump Bump/Haglund's Deformity

Haglund's Deformity (Pump Bump) can cause heel pain and swelling. If your condition is affecting the quality of your life, our highly specialized NYC foot doctors are able to recommend tailored treatment options, including custom orthotics and shoe-gear modification, to take away pressure from the bump and alleviate any undesirable symptoms, getting you back to healthy and happy living. 


This means you have a bump at the back of your heel. Sometimes it's referred to as a "pump bump" because it is caused by the back of the shoe rubbing on the heel. The back of your heel bone then responds to this pressure by becoming bigger. 


Visible bump at the back of the heel, pain, and swellling. The bump may also become painful when the back of the shoe rubs on it

Treatment Options

Shoe-gear modification, NSAIDs, icing, orthotics, and surgery.

Treatment Option Description (with Duration)

Treatment involves removing pressure from the bump. One way to do that is by avoiding shoes that rub on the back of your heel bone. If the heel is swollen, taking an over-the-counter pain killer and icing the area can help to bring down the pain and swelling. Custom orthotics and heel lifts can be used to help take away pressure from the painful area. Surgery may be required if your pain does not go away. The Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone; surgery involves peeling the end of the Achilles tendon off of the bone, shaving down the bony bump, and then re-attaching the tendon back on the bone. Recovery period can last anywhere from 6-8 weeks. 

Expected Outcome

Non-surgical treatments are sometimes enough to take away your pain and keep you comfortable. If your pain continues, surgery would be the next step for a more permanent solution.

Say Goodbye to Foot Pain With Our Customized Foot Treatments 

If you're suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of a Pump Bump, or you have another foot/ankle injury, our NYC foot doctors can get you back on your feet quickly! Serving the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan areas of NYC, we help you get back to healthy and happy living. Call us at 917-398-3668 or book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: Yes! Any shoe that is too tight can cause a lot of friction at the back of your heel. This can cause your bump to become painful.
Answer: There is a small fluid-filled sac called a bursa between your heel bone and the Achilles tendon. If there is a lot of pressure on that bursa, it can become inflamed and you will notice swelling behind the heel.
Answer: Absolutely. Sometimes, you can have a tight heel cord (Achilles tendon). Doing calf stretches will take away tension from the Achilles tendon, which will take away tension from the bump.


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