Pump bumpWhether it involves art, music, or food, there’s always something to do in Sacramento. The 15th Annual Sacramento Film and Music Festival starts Friday, August 22 and runs through Sunday, August 24. If you’ll be walking downtown, though, make sure you don’t wear pumps. These are infamous for causing the painful heel bump known as “pump bump,” or Haglund’s deformity.

This bony enlargement can become irritated and lead to bursitis on the back of the heel near the Achilles tendon. Most of the treatment will be aimed at calming this inflammation of the bursa, which is a sac filled with fluid between the tendon and bone.

First, we recommend that you treat the swelling with some ice. You can place the ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes at a time. We may also recommend oral anti-inflammatory medications. Once you know you have Haglund’s deformity, you’ll want to avoid putting any more pressure on the bump. You can place a heel pad in your shoes to do just that.

Consider switching your shoes to a pair that doesn’t irritate the heel. A clog would be a good choice because it eliminates shoe contact with that part of the foot. However, clogs don’t work if you also have bunions, tendonitis, or any other kinds of foot pain or deformities.

If you just can’t seem to make the pain go away, make an appointment at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. We can offer some more advanced therapies, like orthotics, topical medication, casts, and boots that might get rid of your bony deformity. If none of these conservative treatments work, you can trust that our recommendation for surgery will be out of genuine concern for your foot health and safety.

Don’t let a heel bump ruin a night out on the town. Make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell and Dr. Gavin P. Ripp by calling our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434. McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is also on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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