How can I relieve pain from a pump bump?

A pump bump, also known as a Haglund’s deformity, is prominent bump at the back of the heel caused by an enlargement of the heel bone. Although the bump can only be removed via surgery, a variety of non-surgical methods may be employed as an alternative to surgery and may be sufficient to relieve pain.

Conservative care strategies can include the following:

  • Use rest, ice, and/or anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Avoid hard-backed shoes (such as pumps), and opt for open-back footwear whenever practical.
  • Try over-the-counter heel pads to provide extra cushioning when wearing shoes.
  • Consider custom orthotics, which are made from a digital scan of your feet that we take in our office.
  • Consider other high-tech treatment options, such as shockwave therapy or laser therapy.

Surgical removal of the Haglund’s deformity, or surgical reconstruction of a contributing factor, may also be considered in more severe circumstances.

Early detection and treatment increases the odds that pump bump pain can be resolved without resorting to the knife. So don’t drag your feet on this—give the Kansas Foot Center a call at 866.222.5177 today.

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