What Is Haglund's Deformity?

What Is Haglund's Deformity?

Learn more about this irritating foot problem from our experts in Bozeman & Livingston, MT

Haglund's deformity is bony enlargement on the back of the heel. When it rubs against your shoe, the soft tissue near the Achilles tendon may become irritated. Heredity plays a role in this deformity. If you have high arches, tight Achilles tendons or a tendency to walk on the outside of your heel, you may be at risk for Haglund's deformity.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment at Bozeman Foot and Ankle Clinic:

  • Noticeable bump on the back of the heel
  • Pain where your Achilles tendon attaches to the heel
  • Swelling in the back of your heel
  • Redness or inflamed tissue in your heel

A foot and ankle surgeon will examine your foot and perform X-rays to determine if you have Haglund's deformity. To prevent Haglund's deformity, you should avoid shoes with a rigid heel back, use arch supports, perform stretches to prevent tightening and avoid running on hard surfaces or uphill.

You have treatment options

If you're diagnosed with Haglund's deformity, the goal is to reduce inflammation in the area. Your foot and ankle surgeon may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicine and ice treatments
  • Exercises to relieve tension from Achilles tendon
  • Heel lifts to decrease heel pressure
  • Heel pads to cushion your heel
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization

If nonsurgical treatments fail to provide relief, surgery may be needed. Your foot and ankle surgeon at Bozeman Foot and Ankle Clinic will let you know how you should proceed. Reach out to us today to learn more about Haglund's deformity and schedule an appointment at our Bozeman or Livingston, MT location.