Do you have what appears to be a red, swollen bump-like appearance in the back of your ankle? Does it hurt just moving your ankle in different directions? You may have something called ‘Pump Bump’ (or Haglund’s deformity). And no, ‘Pump Bump’ is not meant to be a reference to MC Hammer’s 1993 hit single “Pumps in a Bump.”
Haglund’s Deformity can be caused by have an excessive bony prominence where your Achilles Tendon inserts (back of the ankle), or by having a rigid heel support on your shoe that continuously rubs up and down on the back of your heel bone. Typically, it affects teens and is more prominent in women than in men. This may be due to the fact that women wear heels or raised shoes more often than men. Sometimes however, Pump Bumps can’t be avoided by simply changing the style of shoe you wear. If you have high arches you may have your heel bone tilted upward. Unfortunately, if tilted upward the Achilles tendon attachment is exposed to the shoe and other agitating factors. Eventually, the unusual rubbing of the Achilles tendon causes irritation and the body develops a bursa and cause heel pain At Frederick’s Foot and Ankle Specialists we can help determine was is the cause of your potential Pump Bump and help treat the deformity!
Dr. Yanes, Dr. Steinberg, and Dr. Ho can set up a treatment plan to avoid high-risk Pump Bump shoes and provide prescription for anti-inflammatory medication. More often than not, special stretching techniques of the Achilles tendon and a heel lift will dramatically improve the condition. If the problem still persists, we can get you measured for a proper fitting orthotics to correct the mechanical problem of the foot. Depending on the cause of the bump, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the bone prominence.
We love discussing all options with our patients from conservative to surgical (if necessary). So please, schedule an appointment in one of our locations at Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD!