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Haglund's Deformity

Haglund’s Deformity occurs when a bump on the back of the heel bone rubs against the soft tissue surrounding the Achilles tendon and causes irritation leading to calluses and swelling (Bursitis). 


The primary cause of Haglund's deformity is pressure on the back of the heel from shoes. The calcaneus is shaped differently in different people. People who have a prominent bump underneath the attachment of the Achilles tendon are more likely to develop Haglund's deformity. This prominent bump squeezes the soft tissues between the bone and the back of the shoe. Over time, this irritates the soft tissues and causes inflammation. This can cause swelling and thickening of the tissues, which makes the pressure even worse. Contributing factors:


  • High arches

  • Tight Achilles tendon

  • Wearing high heels

  • Supination


What are the symptoms of Haglund's Deformity?


  • Bump on the back of the heel

  • Pain in the back of the heel

  • Thick, inflamed callus on the back of the heel


How is Haglund's Deformity diagnosed?


  • Physical examination by your Podiatrist

  • X-rays may be needed


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