How to Treat Haglund's Deformity

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How to Treat Haglund's Deformity
Treat Haglund's Deformity

You may have Haglund's deformity if you have pain in your heel and a prominent bump there. Haglund's deformity occurs when too much pressure is placed on the heel by ill-fitting shoes. People with large heel bones are more susceptible to this problem. Follow these steps if you have Haglund's deformity.

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  1. 1

    See a podiatrist. A foot doctor can explain surgical and nonsurgical options for treating Haglund's deformity.

  2. 2

    Wear clogs or another style of backless shoe that doesn't put pressure on the heel. If you do wear shoes with backs, place a heel pad between this bone and the back of the shoe.

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    Find out about physical therapy. Some treatments that have been found to control pain and swelling in Haglund's deformity include soft tissue massage and ultrasound. Iontophoresis involves using a mild electrical current to deliver medication to the inflamed area.

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    Ask your doctor about treatment options, including surgery. Some surgeons make a small incision in the back of the heel and remove some bone. Others perform a simple procedure know as a wedge osteotomy that involves removing a wedge of bone from the heel. However, surgery is usually not recommended unless you are in extreme pain and other treatment options have not been successful.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have surgery for Haglund's deformity, your activities will be on crutches and your activities will be restricted for about 6 days.

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