Haglund’s Deformity (bump on the heel bone)

Cause: Hereditary

Appearance: Painful bump on the back of the heel, pain on the Achilles tendon centralized to the superior calcaneus (top back of the heel bone)

How to Diagnose: X-ray, clinical palpation.


- Heel lift/orthotics

- Pain cream/gel

- Ice/ anti-inflammatories (if able to take)

- Low backed tennis shoes

- We recommend an arthroscopic approach to surgery to keep downtime to minimum. Typically return to sport can be as soon as 4 weeks.

Long-term prognosis: Typically, conservative care is successful, long term orthotics/heel lift have had good success at preventing symptoms.

Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon

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