Haglund’s Syndrome & Haglund’s Deformity
What is Haglund’s Deformity?
When Retrocalcaneus bursitis exists at the same time as Achilles tendinitis in the same leg, this is known as Haglund’s deformity. Retrocalcaneus bursitis is inflammation of the bursa at the back of the heel bone and Achilles tendinitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
A bony growth that appears at the back of the heel bone can occur. This growth is called an exostosis (a benign cartilaginous growth) and is known as Haglund’s deformity.
What can the athlete do?
- See Retrocalcaneal bursitis for information on treating this part of the condition.
- See Achilles tendinitis for more information about Achilles tendinitis.
- If Haglund’s deformity is present and conservative (initial) treatment has failed then surgery may be necessary.
What can the sports injury professional or doctor do?
- Confirm the diagnosis.
- Advise on conservative treatment or surgery.
What does surgery involve?
- Repair of the Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis.
Removal of the bony lump.