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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).  To some extent, heredity plays a role in Haglund’s deformity.

Inherited foot structures that can make one prone to developing this condition include:

  • A high-arched foot

  • A tight Achilles tendon

  • A tendency to walk on the outside of the heel.

Haglund’s deformity can occur in one or both feet.

The symptoms include:

  • A noticeable bump on the back of the 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

If nonsurgical treatment fails to provide adequate pain relief, surgery may be needed. The foot and ankle surgeon will determine the procedure that is best suited to your case.   

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