Haglunds Deformity causing pain and discomfort

My Haglund’s Deformity isn’t getting any better– About eight months ago I played a sports tournament with a new pair of football cleats that had a very rigid back. It caused pretty serious pain and what looked like large, un-popped blisters on the back of each of my heels. After refraining from wearing the cleats again for multiple weeks, it seemed like the blisters were still there, and still causing me pain. I visited a podiatrist who informed me that I have Haglund’s deformity, and he gave me Tuli’s heel cups to insert in my cleats. The heel cups have helped significantly, but my issue is that I continue to have heel pain and large bumps on my heels that were never there before. I understand from the x-ray that my heels have a natural deformity, but it was never a problem until this year, and now it is a big problem. I cannot find cleats or shoes with closed backs that do not cause me pain. Is there something I can do (short of surgery) to lessen the size of the bumps?

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  1. Dr. Emily Splichal

    Hello and thank you for your question. Haglund’s Deformity is a structural issue which means that you will always have an issue with stiff countered shoes, which includes cleats. If you can find a cleat that has a soft counter (not sure if this exists) or use a U pad that offloads the Haglund’s Deformity. Outside of taking pressure off of the Haglund’s Deformity and surgery there is not much you can do for it. If it’s extremely painful you can inject a steroid over the bursa to decrease inflammation or can use topical anti-ifnlammatories. I hope this helps!