Haglund’s deformity, which is often referred to as the “pump bump,” affects those who wear shoes with rigid backs and heels. The area at the back of the heel bone can become irritated from constant friction from these footwear styles, causing an abrupt enlargement in this area due to a strain on the Achilles tendon. Fortunately, treatments are available that reduce discomfort and pain associated with Haglund’s Deformity while eliminating symptoms altogether. Symptoms include bursa formation, swelling, redness in the Achilles tendon area, and an enlargement of the heel bone – all leading to significant discomfort. To avoid these symptoms, it’s important to take care when engaging in any form of repetitive ankle joint activity or trauma-causing movements. Haglund’s deformity often presents with pain in the heel and lower back regions and difficulty walking due to tight-fitting shoes. Diagnosis involves a combination of physical examination, radiological imaging such as X-rays or MRI scans, lab tests that indicate soft tissue injury/infection markers, and blood testing for any underlying medical issues associated with the condition. Haglund’s deformity can often be managed with non-surgical methods such as wearing well-fitting shoes, ice packs, and anti-inflammatories to reduce discomfort. Physical therapy, steroid injections, or orthotic inserts may also provide relief in mild cases. However, if more severe measures are required, surgery is sometimes necessary to remove excess bone growth, placing pressure on the tendon. In order to prevent permanent damage and long-term effects, proper management of Haglund’s deformity is essential. Early detection and treatment can help minimize potential risks associated with this condition.
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