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Pump Bump (Haglund's Deformity)


"Pump bump," or Haglund's deformity, is a type of bursitis of the heel. Bursitis is an inflammation of the sacs (bursae) that contain small amounts of lubricating fluid to help joints move smoothly.

A shoe rubbing on the back of the heel may cause the bump to form. The friction stimulates growth of a bone spur that then irritates the bursa. This is most often seen in women who wear high heels.

Common symptoms may include:

  • A bump on the back and outside of the heel.
  • Tenderness.
  • A callus.
  • A clicking sensation when you press on the bump.

Treatment aims to relieve shoe pressure and friction over the bump. Measures to relieve pressure include using a thick heel pad or sponge insert or switching to sandals, clogs, or shoes with a soft heel counter and no obvious seams or stitching over the ridge. Home treatment, such as massaging the area with ice, taking nonprescription anti-inflammatory medicines, and alternating between ice or a heat pack may help further relieve symptoms. If home treatment doesn't work, surgery may be needed.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedOctober 1, 2012

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