What is this hard bump on the back of my foot?

A lump or bump on the back of the heel is diagnosed as Haglund's deformity, a very common problem that develops because of the shape of your heel bone.

What causes Haglund's deformity?

The Achilles tendon attaches to the back of your heel bone. Between the tendon and the bone is a small sac of tissue called a bursa that allows the tendon to glide smoothly over the bone. If your heel bone is shaped differently with a more prominent bump, this bursa becomes inflamed as pressure is put on the heel, forming a noticeable bump.

You may experience swelling, pain and even a callus over the bump from the friction against the inside of your shoes. Women are often told this is a “pump bump” as the wearing of high-heeled shoes can aggravate and cause a Haglund’s deformity to develop.

How can I treat Haglund's deformity?

Any kind of bump on your foot can be unsightly, painful and make it difficult to wear your shoes comfortably. Dr. Danciger, podiatrist in Coachella Valley, often treats patients who come in complaining of a bump specifically on the back of their heel. 

There are conservative measures that can alleviate pain and prevent the worsening of your condition. There are situations that may require surgical of the bump to fully alleviate symptoms. Dr. Danciger will be able to diagnose the severity of your condition and choose an appropriate treatment plan. Contact our office today for more information (760) 568-0108.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle