Haglund's Disease

Haglund’s disease, also referred to as Haglund’s syndrome, occurs when the Achilles tendon and the bursa (a fluid-filled sac on the back of the heel) become inflamed. The condition can lead to calcification of the heel bone and the formation of a benign bony growth called Haglund’s deformity. Haglund’s disease is attributed to overuse and tends to develop in active children between five and 15 years of age.

Symptoms

  • Pain when running and walking
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness

Treatment

  • Moderating activity to reduce stress on the heel
  • Elevation of the foot
  • Ice therapy
  • Compression bandage and/or shock-absorbing heel cushion
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery