Toes pumped surgery is a popular option for women who have bunions, toe-shortening, excess bone or bumps on their feet. These procedures help patients reshape their feet to fit more attractive shoes and also eliminate the pain associated with them.
The most important thing to do after surgery is to keep your lower limb elevated. This can help you heal more quickly and reduce your risk of developing blood clots (known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT) after surgery.
What is Pump Bumps?
Pump Bumps, also called Haglund’s Deformity, is a common condition affecting women who wear high heeled shoes. It’s a deformity that can lead to pain, inflammation, and discomfort in the heels.
The bump develops on the back of the heel (calcaneus) where the Achilles tendon inserts. This area is susceptible to breakdown of bone tissue that results in the formation of a bony spur or retrocalcaneal bursa.
Those at risk for developing this condition include people with high arches, tight Achilles tendons, and a tendency to walk on the outside of their heels. In addition, the long-term daily wearing of rigid heeled shoes like pumps or ice skates can lead to the development of this deformity.
Most pump bumps can be successfully treated non-surgically. However, if this approach fails to adequately alleviate the patient’s symptoms, surgery is recommended.
What is the Treatment for Pump Bumps?
Often, pump bumps can be treated with conservative therapy. This includes wearing shoes that don’t rub your heel and using orthotic devices to help take pressure off the area.
If this does not control your heel pain, you may need surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine if this is the best option for your needs.
A condition called Haglund’s Deformity causes a bony enlargement of the heel bone (calcaneus) in the back of your foot where the Achilles tendon attaches. When this enlarged part of the heel bone rubs against rigid shoes, it can irritate the soft tissue in that area and cause bursitis.
If conservative treatment fails to relieve the inflammation, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the bump and reattach the Achilles tendon. This usually provides pain relief and a return to normal activities with no restrictions.
What is the Procedure for Pump Bumps?
A bony enlargement of the back of the heel is typically referred to as the pump bump or Haglund’s deformity and is commonly found in individuals who wear high-heels. A number of conservative treatments, such as shoe modifications, orthotics and stretches can help to reduce the severity of the condition, but surgery is always an option when non-surgical measures fail.
The aforementioned enlargement can also be caused by other factors such as arthritis, diabetes and a genetic predisposition. The most notable cause is poor footwear choice which can lead to pain and inflammation of the calf and Achilles tendon. The most effective treatment is to make sure you are wearing shoes that fit properly, are well ventilated and are comfortable enough to walk in. This should include a heel cup to aid in the transfer of weight to the front of the foot and a soft heel counter for added comfort. Occasionally, a small amount of bone wax may be administered to slow the recurrence of the condition.
What is the Recovery for Pump Bumps?
In most cases, patients recover from their pump bump surgery with no complications. Recovery is often a gradual process, taking between 8 and 12 weeks for most people to heal completely.
One of the most important things to do after surgery is to elevate your feet for the first five days or so post-op. Elevation reduces trauma to the affected area and helps decrease swelling.
It also prevents blood clots, which can be dangerous. Depending on your specific procedure, you may need to keep your feet elevated for longer periods after surgery, especially if you have diabetes or any condition that affects your blood flow.
This is one of the many foot and ankle conditions we treat regularly. It’s not only shoes with rigid backs that can cause this deformity, but any footwear that stretches tight or causes pressure on your heel bone.