Health Tip: Coping With a Bump on the Back of the Heel

Health Tip: Coping With a Bump on the Back of the Heel

Health Tip: Coping With a Bump on the Back of the Heel

The foot abnormality can be painful

(HealthDay News) -- Haglund's deformity is characterized by a benign bump that forms at the back of the heel. It's common among women who wear high heels, having earned the nickname "pump bump."

The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests:

  • Use orthotic inserts, heel pads or arch supports inside shoes to help relieve pressure on the back of the foot.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory drug or apply a topical cream to ease pain.
  • Wear a walking boot or soft cast, which may help a sore and inflamed bump heal.
  • Ask a podiatrist if surgery is needed, if none of these remedies work.
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