Haglund's Deformity


Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and painful with rubbing in shoes.


Pain and swelling at the back of the heel which is made worse with shoes with a rigid back, such as ice skates or dress shoes.

What to Expect When You See the Doctor

Your physician will examine your foot and likely recommend x-rays to evaluate the structure of the heel bone.


Treatment is aimed at reducing the inflammation and pain. Medications such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil) may be used. Ice, physical therapy, heel lifts, shoe modification, orthotics and/or immobilization may be recommended. 

If non-surgical treatment fails to provide enough pain relief then surgery may be recommended. Your doctor will determine the procedure that is best suited to your case. It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions for post-surgical care which may require a prolonged course on non weight-bearing followed by physical therapy.

We Can Help!

Are you suffering from a Haglund's deformity? We have years of experience treating this condition and would be happy to help. Contact us or book an appointment today.

South Denver Podiatry
7780 S. Broadway, Suite 190
Littleton, CO 80122
Phone: 720-279-8076
Fax: (720) 398-8424
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