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What is a Pump Bump? Know more about it – its symptoms and causes


Haglund’s bump is also known as the Bauer Bump, Haglund’s Deformity, Haglunld’s Bump, and Retrocalcaneal Bursitis. Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement (bump) at the back of the heel bone. This bump can be present for years without causing any pain or issues. If the soft tissue near where the achilles tendon attaches into the heel becomes irritated, it can lead to a painful bursitis (inflammation of a fluid-filled cushion that sits between the achilles tendon and the heel bone to reduce friction).

The term ‘pump bump’ comes from the regular wear of pump-style shoes by women, which can lead to the development of this deformity. Largely the development of this condition is determined by a person’s foot type but particular activities and footwear choices can also play a major role.

Signs & symptoms of Haglund’s bump

Here are the following signs or symptoms:

  • An enlarged bony bump on the back of your heel
  • Pain at the insertion of the Achilles tendon in the back of your heel.
  • Swelling or a fluid filled sac (bursa) at the back of the heel.
  • Redness, inflammation and pain (bursitis) over the bump at the back of the heel.
  • Symptoms are often worse with rigid footwear or anything that rubs over the bump.

Causes of Haglund’s bump

Its symptoms are often exacerbated by the following:

  • Tight calf muscles and high arched feet.
  • Poor foot mechanics leading to excessive movement of the heel.
  • Poorly fitting footwear.
  • Footwear with a hard rigid heel counter.

The pain at the back of your heel from a Haglund’s Deformity can be really debilitating. It is important to have your feet and legs professionally assessed by a podiatrist to understand both the factors that have led to the growth of your bump, as well as what has caused the current irritation of your surrounding structures.

Are you suffering from this condition? One of  our podiatrist can assist and give the right treatment for your condition.
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