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Haglund’s Deformity

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Learn more about Haglund’s deformity and its symptoms and treatment options.

Haglund’s deformity is characterized by a bony protrusion located on the back of the heel. When the bump rubs against the back of the shoes, it causes painful friction that can lead to inflammation of the fluid-filled sac located between the bone and tendon. Certain conditions can make you more prone to Haglund’s deformity, including:

  • High arches
  • Tight Achilles tendon

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Symptoms

Symptoms of Haglund’s deformity include:

  • A bump on the back of the heel
  • Pain , swelling, and redness in the back of the heel

Treatments

Treating Haglund’s deformity can include methods such as:

  • Medication to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Icing to reduce swelling
  • Heel lifts and heel pads to decrease pressure and irritation
  • Immobilization, such as casting, to allow the foot to heel
  • Surgery may be used if other methods do not relieve pain
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