Have you ever wondered what that giant red bump is on the back of your heel? (Warning: Medical jargon ahead!) You may Haglund’s Deformity or retrocalcaneal bursitis. It’s also know as pump bump. This is not to be confused with “fist bump“.
This unsightly, and sometimes painful problem can be caused by having a stiff heel support on your shoe that constantly rubs up and down on the back of your heel bone.
Genetics can also play a role in whether or not you develop this condition. High arches can contribute to Haglund’s deformity due to the heel bone being tilted backward “into” the Achilles tendon causing it to rub up against it. This constant friction can eventually lead to a bony protrusion and an inflammed bursa.
Women tend to develop this condition more than men do since their shoes tend to be more “unforgiving”. Wearing shoes that are a little more flexible in the heel is a great way to help avoid/alleviate this condition.
In addition to changing shoes, soaking feet, and anti-inflammatory medications often mitigate the symptoms of this aggravating problem. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from it, consider using ice to reduce swelling and lessen pain. Stretching exercises can also help by relieving tension from the Achilles tendon, especially if you have a tight heel cord. Other options for treatment include heel lifts and heel pads. If nothing else works, there are several procedures to address the back of the heel bone or the Achilles tendon.
If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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