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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about Haglund Syndrome

  • Haglund’s deformity is a bony lump on the back of your heel, resulting in pain and irritation in the foot.
  • It typically develops in people who wear shoes with stiff, closed heels.
  • Surgery is usually not needed, but can be used to remove excess bone from the heel

what is haglund syndrome?

Haglund’s deformity is an abnormality of the foot bone and soft tissues. The bony section of your heel becomes enlarged. As a result, the soft tissue near the back of the heel becomes irritated when the large, bony lump rubs against rigid shoes. This often leads to bursitis.

how is haglund syndrome diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group foot and ankle specialist will examine the foot to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the condition. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. 

Surgery is usually not needed. You can usually relieve pressure if you:

  • Wear roomy, comfortable shoes.
  • Place a pad on the heel
  • Custom-made arch supports called orthotics may help reduce heel pain.

If the heel gets worse and causes too much discomfort, however, your healthcare care team may suggest surgery to remove excess bone from the heel. The bone may also be smoothed and filed down. This reduces the pressure on the bursa and soft tissue.

After surgery, it will take up to eight weeks for you to completely heal. Your doctor will likely give you a boot or cast to protect your foot. You may also need to use crutches for a few days.

The cut will have to remain bandaged for at least seven days. Within two weeks, your stitches will be removed. Your doctor may want to take X-rays of your foot on follow-up visits to ensure that it is healing properly.

how can i manage haglund syndrome?

If you have swelling, redness, or pain in the heel:

  • Keep pressure off the heel.
  • Keep your foot up on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
  • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your healthcare care team. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare care team, do not take for more than 10 days.

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