Haglund’s Deformity is a bony enlargement in the back of the heel. When this enlargement rubs against the Achilles tendon’s surrounding tissues, it can lead to painful bursitis. This is especially painful when wearing a shoe that is tight or rigid along the heel.
Heredity can cause Haglund’s Deformity in one or both feet. High-arched feet, a tight Achilles tendon and supination (the outward rotation of the foot and ankle while walking) can all aggravate the swollen bursae. Your podiatrist will be able to detect this because your heel will have a noticeable bump, and will be swollen and red near the inflamed tissue. Your podiatrist may also take an X-ray while conducting a diagnosis to understand the structure of the heel bone, and thereby find the best treatment options for you.