Haglund’s Deformity is an enlargement of the bone on the back of the heel that can lead to inflammation, irritation, and pain. It is most common in young women, because it is often caused by the rigid backs of pump-style shoes.
Hereditary factors also play a part in the formation of Haglund’s deformity. High foot arch or a tendency to walk on the outside of the heel can contribute to Haglund’s. Non-surgical treatments are available, but surgery is sometimes necessary. One of several procedures may be used, depending on your particular foot and ankle structure.
Haglund’s deformity can occur in one or both feet. The signs and symptoms include:
- A noticeable bump on the back of heel.
- Pain in the area where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel.
- Swelling in the back of the heel.
- Redness near the inflamed tissue.
Prevention of Recurring Haglund’s Deformity
A recurrence of Haglund’s deformity may be prevented by:
- Wearing appropriate shoes
- Using arch supports or orthotic devices.
- Performing stretching exercises to prevent the Achilles tendon from tightening.
- Avoiding running on hard surfaces and running uphill.