Haglund’s Syndrome Causes Back Heel Pains and Bump

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Photo showing a Haglund's syndrome foot.

Haglund’s syndrome is one of the common reasons for sore heel or back heel pain among people in many countries.

This syndrome causes swelling, pain and heel bump which eventually make it difficult for the person who experiences it to wear shoes.

Hanglund’s syndrome can happen to all level of ages especially to those who wear shoes that have hard heel cover. This condition also will complicate a person to walk properly in daily life.

The heel has the biggest bone at foot named calcaneus. Behind the calcaneus is the Achilles tendon joint. They are the big and strong tissues that help people to walk and jump.

A structure known as retrocalcaneal bursa on the other hand is situated in between the Achilles tissues and the calcaneus. It shaped like a pouch filled with liquid which enable tissues to slide on the calcaneum bone. Bursa exists in all part of our body where tissues slide on bone.

Haglund’s syndrome happens when retrocalcaneal bursa is swollen because of repeated pressure at the back of shoe heels worn everyday.

Both the bursa and Achilles tissues were pressed between the Haglund’s bump and shoes. This causes irritation to the bone structure, swelling and pain.

With repetitive pressure, the Achilles tendon will become brittle or thinner at the joint with the calcaneus which by time weakens the tissues and then may possibly snap off.

Symptoms of Haglund’s Syndrome

The main sign of haglund’s syndrome is pain at the back of the heel. The pain starts off when the swelling region rubs with the end of shoe heel.

Long in time this pain will spread to the Achilles tendon. When the condition gets more serious, it can cause the calf muscle (gastrocnemius) to shrink and the Achilles tendon to give out and break.

Diagnosis for Haglund’s Syndrome

The diagnosis for haglund’s syndrome starts with an orthopedist doing test and records the patient’s medical history. An obvious sign is when there is swelling or bump at the back of the heel either with or without signs of irritation.

An x-ray scan will be taken to determine the calcanues shape, the Haglund’s deformity bump and either there is calcium formation in the Achilles tendon.

Other causes that could cause pain at the feet heel also needs to be omitted before it is diagnosed as Haglund’s Syndrome.

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