Haglund’s Deformity: True or False


A bump at the back of your heel that hurts when you wear rigid-backed shoes may be a sign of Haglund’s Deformity. At Gentle Professional Foot Care, we find that many patients are unfamiliar with the name of this condition. How about you? Check out the true/false statements about this foot problem below:

Another name for Haglund’s Deformity is “Pump Bump.”

TRUE—Haglund’s Deformity got this nickname because its telltale sign is a bony enlargement at the back of the heel—right at the point where the top of a traditional pump would hit on your foot. When the rigid back of the shoe rubs against the enlargement, it causes irritation and pain which can make it difficult to walk.

Women get Haglund’s Deformity more often than men.

TRUE—this is most likely because they more often wear pumps, dress shoes and fashion boots that rub on that spot at the back of the heel.

Wearing pumps is the primary cause of this foot problem.

FALSE—actually Haglund’s Deformity is the result of biomechanical problems in the foot which are often hereditary. When our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, diagnoses your condition, he will look for structural defects that may be causing pump bump. Some possible causes are a tight Achilles tendon, overly high arches or the tendency to walk on the outside of your heel.

Haglund’s Deformity cannot be eliminated.

FALSE—it can be corrected by surgery.

Changing shoes can help relieve symptoms of Haglund’s Deformity.

TRUE—Switching to shoes that have open backs or those made of soft materials can reduce the pressure on the bony enlargement. Other possible conservative treatment measures include using heel lifts (if high arches are the root cause), physical therapy, custom orthotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, icing the bump and heel pads to cushion the bony enlargement.

If you suspect you have Haglund’s Deformity, contact our Venice office for an appointment today by calling: (941) 493-7999.