Heel Bump / Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s deformity or “pump bump” is defined as a bony enlargement of the posterior aspect of the calcaneus (back of the heel). It is caused by constant irritation of the back of the heel from shoes with rigid heel counters such as men’s dress shoes, women’s pumps and ice skates.

Other contributing mechanical factors include a high arched (supinated) foot type, calf tightness, as well as the tendency to walk on the outside of your feet.


  • Haglund’s deformity can affect one or both feet
  • Redness/tenderness on the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches.
  • A hard bump on the back of the heel
  • Pain on the back of the heel


Conservative treatments aim at reducing the irritation on the back of the heel. This may include change in footwear or using paddings to reduce the pressure to the area.

Reducing the tension/tightness in the calf muscles is also important in treating Haglund’s deformity. This include using devices such as heel lifts, orthotics as well as stretching exercises, such as calf and hamstrings stretches.

For best management of any Haglund’s bump symptoms please visit Foot focus Podiatry in Perth by calling 9258 4152 or booking online.

We are located in Perth (south of the river) in Wilson, which is neighboured by Curtin University, Como, Manning, South Perth, Victoria Park, Bentley, St James, Cannington / Carousel, Riverton, Shelley, Ferndale, Lynwood, Parkwood, Willetton and surrounding suburbs.

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