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"Pump bump," or Haglund's deformity, is a type of bursitis of the
heel. Bursitis is an inflammation of the sacs (bursae) that contain small
amounts of lubricating fluid to help joints move smoothly.
A shoe rubbing on the back of the heel may cause the bump to form.
The friction stimulates growth of a bone spur that then irritates the bursa.
This is most often seen in women who wear high heels.
Common symptoms may include:
Treatment aims to relieve shoe pressure and friction over the bump.
Measures to relieve pressure include using a thick heel pad or sponge insert or
switching to sandals, clogs, or shoes with a soft heel counter and no obvious
seams or stitching over the ridge. Home treatment, such as massaging the area
with ice, taking nonprescription anti-inflammatory medicines, and alternating between ice or a heat pack may help
further relieve symptoms. If home treatment doesn't work, surgery may be
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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