A number of conditions could produce a bump on the heel. The most common (particularly in young women, though it can happen to anyone) is Haglund’s deformity, also known as “pump bump.” In this condition, irritation and damage to the soft tissues at the back of the heel produces a bony enlargement over an extended period of time. This typically occurs from the constant pressure of wearing hard-backed heels, shoes, boots, or skates. The shape of your foot also plays a role—some people seem more prone to developing the deformity than others.
Other possible bump-on-heel conditions could include:
- Achilles tendinitis / tendon spurs
Unexplained and/or painful bumps should always be checked out by a podiatrist. For most conditions, the earlier you seek help, the better off you’ll be in the long run. That’s true of Haglund’s deformity as well—this progressive problem will only get worse until you take action. To make an appointment with the Dr. Corey Fox, the heel pain expert at Massapequa Podiatry Associates, please fill out the contact form online or call us at 516-541-9000.