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What Is Haglund’s Deformity?

heel showing Haglund's deformityHaglund’s deformity is a bony bump that appears on the back of the heel bone. This bump forms where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel. This condition often needs treatment if it causes pain or problems with walking.

Treatments may initially include:

  • Shoe modifications
  • Physical therapy

If these do not relieve pain, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove the bony ridge or repair the Achilles tendon.

People also refer to the condition as “pump bump.” The term “pump bump” followed doctors observing that women who wore high-heeled pump shoes had the condition.

Experts now know that Haglund’s can happen to anyone, and pumps and other shoes are not necessarily exclusively to blame.


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