If you’re interested in attending the Round Rock Symphony on Saturday, May 27 at Southwestern University’s theater, you’ll need to break out your fancy clothes and high heels – go ahead, it’s okay. Worn in moderation or for special occasions only, high heels are less likely to cause problems. However, if you wear high-heeled pumps all the time, you’re probably noticing a painful bump on the back of your heel, and that could put a damper on your evening.
Often referred to as “pump bump,” this sore and swollen bony protrusion shows up due to stiff-backed shoes (like those on pumps) rubbing against the back of your heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone. This constant pressure and friction aggravates the bump, making the soft tissues surrounding it inflamed, and your heel red and painful. Sound familiar? Well, here’s what you can do so you’re ready in time to enjoy your night out pain-free:
Keep your high-heels in your closet. Instead, wear comfortable shoes that provide plenty of cushion. Look for backless styles or those made of soft materials.
Enlist in a little help. Use heel pads to help add a layer of protection between your heel and the back of your shoe. Slip in heel lifts or orthotics to help control motion and disperse pressure away from your heel.
Stretch it out. Stretching exercises can help to loosen tight Achilles tendons that could be adding to your troubles.
Take a load off. Sometimes just staying off your feet can be beneficial in allowing your pump bump to heal and feel better.
Say so long to swelling. Icing the area and taking anti-inflammatory medication will aid in minimizing pain and swelling. Ultrasound treatments may prove to relieve symptoms, as well.
We can help you decide the best course of action for you, so if you’ve got a pump bump that’s causing you heel pain, ditch those high heels and give us a call! You can reach us in Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX by dialing (512) 593-2949. We’ll get your heels happy again.