Haglund’s Deformity… A common foot condition that can be managed and prevented by Podiatrists.
A Haglund’s deformity or “pump-bump” is a very common condition seen by Podiatrists, it is a bony enlargement of the calcaneal (heel) bone. It’s a hereditary condition where certain foot types are at risk, high arched feet, tight calves or feet that tilt out are more prone to developing Haglund’s.
The symptoms of Haglund’s deformity include:
- a noticeable lump (swelling) on the back of the heel usually more laterally
- pain, swelling and redness – especially as it rubs against the heel counter of footwear.
Your Podiatrist will usually be able to diagnose a Haglund’s by its site and symptoms, but may also want to confirm it by X-ray.
Podiatrists are the first line in treating Haglund’s deformity, footwear modifications and soft tissue modalities are often used to manage the condition. Early intervention is essential, prescription orthotics to modify abnormal foot function, combined with exercises will greatly reduce the incidence of a Haglund’s deformity.