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Haglund’s Deformity (Retrocalcaneal Exostosis) is a condition that affects the heel, causing pain and discomfort. At Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are dedicated to providing the best foot and ankle care available. Our highly skilled team of board-certified podiatrists has completed additional fellowship training in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot, ankle, and lower leg disorders.
When it comes to Haglund’s Deformity, we understand the impact it can have on our patients’ lives. That’s why our team remains committed to delivering comprehensive care, utilizing minimally invasive methods whenever possible. We believe in tailoring individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s specific injury or condition, ensuring that they receive the most appropriate and effective care.
Our goal is to help our patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible with minimal disruption to their daily lives. Whether it’s routine preventive care or complex reconstructive surgery, we employ the most advanced treatments and techniques to ensure our patients achieve the desired results. With our expertise and compassionate approach, you can trust us to provide the highest quality care for your foot and ankle needs.
What is a Haglund’s Deformity?
A Haglund’s Deformity is a bony prominence that develops on the back of your heel bone where the Achilles Tendon inserts. It is also known as Retrocalcaneal Exostosis and can cause pain and discomfort. This deformity can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, foot structure, tight calf muscles, and wearing poorly fitting shoes. It is more commonly seen in women due to their tendency to wear high-heeled shoes. If you have a Haglund’s Deformity, you may experience swelling, redness, and tenderness at the bony prominence. It can also lead to friction and irritation of the skin, causing blisters or calluses to form.
Treatment for Haglund’s Deformity depends on the severity of your symptoms. In mild cases, simple home remedies such as wearing open-backed shoes and using heel pads can provide relief by reducing pressure on the bony prominence. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to stretch tight calf muscles and strengthen surrounding muscles to alleviate symptoms. Orthotic inserts may also be prescribed to help redistribute weight and reduce pressure on the heel. Surgery may be necessary for extreme cases where conservative treatments are not effective. The procedure involves removing the bony prominence and reshaping the heel bone to reduce pressure on the Achilles Tendon.
While some factors that contribute to Haglund’s Deformity, such as genetics or foot structure, cannot be prevented, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of developing this condition. These include wearing properly fitting shoes with a low or no heel and avoiding high-impact activities that put pressure on the heels.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Haglund’s Deformity, it is important to seek medical attention from a qualified specialist like Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our team led by Dr. Jason Spector has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions, including Haglund’s Deformity. We are committed to providing comprehensive care with a personal touch to help you achieve optimal foot health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards healthier feet.
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