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Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s deformity is an abnormality which affects the heel bone and the surrounding soft tissues. It is characterised by an enlarged bony section on the heel, close to the location of the Achilles tendon, causing the soft tissue of the heel to become irritated and inflamed. This problem can often lead to bursitis (the irritation of the sac containing lubricating fluid which is located between the bone and the tendon). Bursitis can cause inflammation of the heel which makes the ‘bump’ larger, increasing the severity of Haglund’s deformity.

Causes

Haglund’s deformity is something people are born with. It doesn’t always cause a problem but the syndrome of pain and swelling has been seen to develop more frequently in people who have a high foot arch, runners or those who have a tight Achilles tendon.

Symptoms

Haglund’s deformity is something people are born with. It doesn’t always cause a problem but the syndrome of pain and swelling has been seen to develop more frequently in people who have a high foot arch, runners or those who have a tight Achilles tendon.

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Symptoms

Your doctor will examine your foot and will check for the signs of flat feet or high arches, tenderness, swelling and redness of the foot and stiffness or tightness of the arch in the bottom of your foot.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the type of fracture sustained. For mild fractures, nonsurgical treatment is advised and includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the foot. Your doctor may suggest a splint or cast to immobilize the foot. For more severe fractures, surgery will be required to align, reconstruct or fuse the joints. Bone fragments may be held together with plates and screws.

Physical therapy may be recommended to improve range of motion and strengthen the foot muscles. Weightbearing however should be a gradual process with the help of a cane or walking boot.

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