If you experience heel pain and have a painful bump on the heel of your foot, Haglund’s deformity may be the cause. This problem is caused by ill-fitting shoes, abnormal foot structure, heel walking, or problems with the Achilles tendon, and can lead to bursitis (inflammation of the bursa) and severe heel pain. Our podiatrist in Richardson explains more below.
Haglund’s deformity is an abnormal enlargement of the bone in the heel. This bony part of the heel contains the Achilles tendon and the enlargement causes irritation of the surrounding soft tissues and tendons. The deformity is caused by frequent or constant pressure on the back of the heels from shoes that are too tight and/or too stiff. Many people who wear pump-style shoes develop the deformity.
Symptoms of Haglund’s deformity can be painful, such as:
You may be more at risk for Haglund’s deformity if you have high arches, walk on the outer part of your heels, or have existing problems with your Achilles tendon.
Our podiatrist will evaluate and diagnose this condition using x-rays and an examination of the heel bone. Treatments for Haglund’s deformity include taking pressure of the heels of the feet as well as the following:
If the above treatment options don’t work, our podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the excess bone from the heel. It can take around 8 weeks to recover from the surgery.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Richardson by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.