Haglund’s deformity is often called “pump bump” because the rigid backs of pump-style shoes can create pressure that aggravates the enlargement when walking. In fact, any shoes with a rigid back, such as ice skates, men’s dress shoes or women’s pumps, can cause this irritation. To some extent, heredity plays a role in Haglund’s deformity.What causes a pump bump?
The bone where a pump bump occurs is the calcaneus or heel bone. 2 The bump is usually due to an abnormality in foot function or bone position that creates shoe friction around the natural bone prominence at the back of the calcaneus. Genetics may also predispose people to the condition.How do I treat a pump bump?
When a pump bump becomes inflamed, the most important part of treatment is to reduce pressure and friction at the site of the bump . The best way to do this is to ensure that you are wearing a shoe that fits well and offers adequate support. Usually, shoes that fit poorly will make it worse.Can a pump bump cause bursitis?
A common form of bursitis in the ankle area, known as retrocalcaneal bursitis, can sometimes occur with a pump bump. 5 An inflamed bursa can also develop between the skin and the Achilles tendon, causing swelling and tenderness to the touch.