High Heels and Haglund’s Deformity: Why Shoe Choice Matters

High Heels and Haglund’s Deformity: Why Shoe Choice Matters

February 13, 2024

High heels are known for their stylish appearance, but they can lead to heel pain and foot problems, including Haglund’s deformity. The design of many high-heeled shoes places increased pressure on the back of the heel, leading to friction and irritation. High heels and pumps often have rigid backs or narrow heel counters, which can contribute to rubbing against the heel. This persistent rubbing can cause the formation of a bony enlargement at the back of the heel, known as Haglund’s deformity. Haglund’s is also known as pump bump because pumps so often contribute to the development of the condition. Choosing shoes with softer, more accommodating heel structures and avoiding styles that excessively press on the back of the heel can play a pivotal role in preventing or minimizing the risk of developing this condition. If you are experiencing heel pain or Haglund’s deformity, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who can help you find the cause of your pain, and guide you toward selecting appropriate shoes.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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