Haglund's Deformity

Haglund’s Deformity is a calcific tendinitis of the achilles tendon at the insertion to the calcaneus. This issue is very common in women, but can also be found in men.

The common complaint associated with Haglund’s Deformity is posterior heel pain causing an inability to walk without pain. Pain while wearing shoes is also a common complaint. The only way to correct Haglund’s Deformity is by taking surgical intervention.

The surgical course taken includes removing 1 to 1.5 inch bone spur exostosis of the calcaneus.

We then reattach the achilles tendon allowing for the central and side areas to remain attached, allowing for a quick recovery. This procedure has an outpatient success rate of 95%, is a simple operation to recover from and alternatively is a simple procedure to perform.

The procedure takes about 10 minutes in total, and allows for partial weight-bearing the first 10 days, allowing you to progressively walk until you are fully healed in 4-6 weeks.

Simple exercises such as riding a bicycle are allowed during healing period.

Haglund’s Deformity is not to be confused with a Plantar fasciitis spur, which is the exostosis of calcaneus located on the bottom of the heel, which also can be remove arthroscopically. You can learn about Plantar Fasciitis here.

Want to see a live Haglund’s Deformity procedure performed by Dr. Bramlett? Watch the video below:

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