Have you noticed a sore bump on the back of your heel? Usually it’s hard to the touch and may make wearing some shoes very uncomfortable. You may have developed a Haglund’s deformity. Typically the problem will get worse if you do not treat it; however, you can relieve your discomfort with some simple, conservative management.
What Is It?
A Haglund’s deformity is a painful, enlarged bump on the back of your heel bone, where stiff-backed shoes rub against it and aggravate the tissue there. This irritation causes swelling that worsens the problem. The pain may be exacerbated by heel bursitis as well. The pressure of shoes on the bulge causes inflammation in the protective heel bursa and makes the foot even more uncomfortable, particularly when you use your Achilles tendon.
Since the issue is particularly common among women who wear pumps regularly, the condition is also known as a “pump bump,” even though any tight, rigid shoe back can lead to swollen and aggravated heel bones, including men’s footwear. The development of the condition is related to your foot shape as well. High arches, tight Achilles tendons, and walking on the outside of the heel stress the bone and can contribute to the deformity.