Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s Deformity

Haglunds deformity is a painful bony prominence at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus). It is usually associated with a bursitis that can become inflamed and even more painful. Everyone does have some prominence of the bone in that area and some are just bigger than others. This enlarged area of bone then becomes irritated by the shoes. It got its name after it was first described by the Swedish surgeon, Patrik Haglund in 1927

Haglund’s deformity can also go by other names including ‘Haglunds Syndrome’. Technically it is called a retrocalcaneal exostosis (the enlarged bone) or a retrocalcaneal bursitis (if the bursa is inflamed). In ice skating communities, it often gets called the Bauer’s bump as the hard rigid skates pushing on the prominent bone is particularity a problem and Bauer is the most well known brand of ice skates. … [read more]

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