Haglund's Syndrome

Haglund's Syndrome

When retrocalcaneus bursitis exists at the same time as Achilles tendonitis in the same leg, this is known as Haglund's Syndrome. Both these conditions need to be treated in order to recover from Haglund's syndrome. Heel pain, tenderness and swelling are the main symptoms. We explain the symptoms and possible treatment options available.

Haglunds syndrome symptoms

Symptoms of achilles bursitis include pain at the back of the heel especially when running uphill or on soft surfaces. There will be tenderness and swelling which might make it difficult to wear certain shoes on the feet and hen pressing fingers in both sides of the heel a spongy resistance may be felt. Achilles tendonitis symptoms include pain and inflammation in the achilles tendon at the back of the heel. The achilles tendon will be painful to touch.

Haglund's deformity

Retrocalcaneus bursitis is inflammation of the bursa at the back of the heel bone and Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

Over time a bony growth can appear at the back of the heel bone. This growth is called an exostosis (a benign cartilaginous growth) and is known as Haglund's deformity.


Treatment of Haglunds syndrome involves treating both injuries or conditions. See achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneus bursitis for more information.

An initial period of rest, cold therapy and anti-inflammatory medications is usually recommended. Gently stretching the calf muscles should help. Wearing a calf raise on a temporary basis can help ease the strain on the tendon.

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