Tis the season for sparkling shoes! Holidays mean women are dusting off their fancy pumps for parties. Even men are digging out dress shoes, some of which may be less comfortable than others. All this fancy footwear is usually okay for a couple hours, but more time than that and your feet can start to hurt. If you have a pump bump, you may develop high heel pain in the back of your foot even sooner than that. The good news is that some easy treatments can help relieve your aches and pains.
A pump bump, or Haglund’s deformity, is a bony protrusion on the back of your heel. Stiff-backed shoes of all kinds, but particularly high heels, pinch and rub against the bump and irritate it, creating inflammation and pain. Absolute Foot Care Specialists has a few simple tips to alleviate that discomfort and let you enjoy your holidays without high heel pain:
Padding – Stick a soft pad between the back of your shoe and your heel bone. This can reduce some of the uncomfortable friction and aggravation.
Orthotics – These inserts add an extra layer of cushioning and stability to shoes, particularly if they’re custom. Better foot support may help reduce the pressure on the back of the foot.
Stretching – A tight Achilles tendon can play a significant role in developing a painful pump bump. Stretch out this tendon to reduce the pressure on the back of your heel.
Ice – Ice helps relieve inflammation and swelling. When your heels hurt, take a while to ice the back of your foot and lower some of that inflammation.
Shoe changes – You may need to change your holiday shoes to models with low heels and less rigid backs. This decreases the pressure on the back of the foot and allows the heel to recover.
You don’t have to limp and grimace your way through holiday parties with high heel pain. A few simple changes can keep your feet comfy and protect your pump bump. If you’re struggling with a very painful Haglund’s deformity, let Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas know about it. See how we can help. Just call (702) 839-2010 or use the web request form to make an appointment with us.