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Haglund's Deformity

What is Haglund's Deformity?

Haglunds' deformity is a bone enlargement at the back of the heel bone, in the area where the achilles tendon attaches to the bone.

Haglund's deformity is also called "pump bump" and "retroocular bursitis".

What Causes Haglund's Deformity?

Haglund's deformity is usually caused by bursitis or pressure against the shoe. It can be aggravated by the height or stitching of a heel counter of a particular shoe.

Symptoms of Haglund's Deformity

Common symptoms of Haglunds' deformity are:

  • red area at the back of heel
  • swollen area at the back of heel

Can Haglund's Deformity be Treated?

Yes. Treatment depends on the severity and cause. In mild cases, this inflammation and projection of bone at the back of the heel can be relieved with ice, compression, change of shoe gear, Achilles Heel pads, heel grip pads and tortoise.

If the bone is enlarged, surgery may be needed. Cortisone injections can also help relieve the pain. However, a long-term complication cortisone injections is a rupture of the Achilles tendon.

Other treatments include immobilization and anti-inflammatory medications.


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