B.Pod. M.Pod. FACPS | Podiatric Surgeon - Specialist in Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery
NORTH SYDNEY / Greenwood Medical Centre
(02) 9976 3390
PARRAMATTA / Total Foot & Ankle Clinic
(02) 9635 8739
PENRITH / Nepean Podiatry
(02) 4732 5188
What Is Haglund’s Deformity?
Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes. This often leads to painful bursitis, which is an inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac between the tendon and bone).
Haglund’s deformity is often called "pump bump" because the rigid backs of pump-style shoes can create pressure that aggravates the enlargement when walking. In fact, any shoes with a rigid back, such as ice skates, men’s dress shoes, or women’s pumps, can cause this irritation.
To some extent, heredity plays a role in Haglund’s deformity. Inherited foot structures that can make one prone to developing this condition include:
Haglund’s deformity can occur in one or both feet. The symptoms include:
After evaluating the patient’s symptoms, Ozan Amir will examine the foot. In addition, x-rays will be ordered to help the surgeon evaluate the structure of the heel bone.
Non-surgical treatment of Haglund’s deformity is aimed at reducing the inflammation of the bursa. While these approaches can resolve the pain and inflammation, they will not shrink the bony protrusion. Non-surgical treatment can include one or more of the following:
When Is Surgery Needed?
If non-surgical treatment fails to provide adequate pain relief, surgery may be needed. Ozan will determine the procedure that is best suited to your case.
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