A hard, painful bump on the back of the heel is usually a bony protrusion called Haglund’s deformity. There are a couple of potential root causes for this bump. It could be part of the natural shape of your heel bone, or the result of tension and pulling on the back of the foot from over-tight tendons. Usually, though, the bump appears when stiff-backed shoes press and rub against the heel bone and aggravate the back of the foot. High heels are notorious for the problem, giving rise to its second name—the pump bump, where the soft tissues in the area swell and thicken. Sometimes you develop bursitis between the bone and the Achilles tendon as well.
Taking care of this bump, especially early on, can help shrink it down and become significantly less painful. In most cases this can be done using entirely conservative methods. Let Carolina Podiatry Group help you deal with the discomfort. Call our Lancaster and Fort Mill, South Carolina, offices to make an appointment with us: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, and (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster.