Haglund’s Syndrome

Retrocalcaneal bursitis

When retrocalcaneal 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.

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Haglund’s 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

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

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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 Haglund’s syndrome involves treating both injuries or conditions. See Achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis for more information.

Cold therapy

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

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