Heel Pain? Everything You Need to Know about Hagland’s Deformity

With the the majority of the city’s residents living without cars and walking an average of 5 miles each and every day, it’s no surprise that in NYC foot care is of the utmost importance. With all that walking, our feet are taking a constant pounding – absorbing shock, after shock, of your full body weight transferring with each new step. As the foremost midtown podiatrist, Dr. Harvey Katz and his team at Midtown Foot Care, have examined thousands of New Yorkers and their feet. And in a city as fashion forward as this, most of us are sacrificing comfort for style, wearing the wrong shoes, in often the wrong sizes. One of the most common issues found amongst NYC foot care specialists is the presence of abnormal tissue growth along the heel, known as Haglund’s Deformity. Haglund’s Deformity is a form of bursitis, inflammation of the fluid sac between the tendon and the bone, along the heel bone, nearest the Achilles tendon. According to midtown podiatrist Dr. Katz and his team at Midtown Foot Care, this issue occurs most often due to wearing uncomfortably tight footwear, causing inflammation in the heel to spur the production of excess calcium and bone tissue in the heal. This creates a large, extremely painful, bump along the Achilles-heel area.

Often known as “pump bump” amongst NYC foot care specialists, Haglund’s Deformity is extremely common in women who wear “pumps” or high, elevated heeled shoes. Due to the shape and the design of such shoes, there is an abnormally high amount of pressure places on the back of the heels. And far too often, women will wear shoes that simply aren’t the right size for them, in order to have a foot they feel appears, smaller and daintier – regardless of whether they are expecting an evening of dancing, or just a long walk after that 6-train ride to work. According to midtown podiatrist Harvey Katz, this is can not only cause pump bump, but a whole host of additional health issues including: Achilles tendonitis, arch pain, and even cause spider veins and varicose veins over time! in addition, the team at Midtown Foot Care, encounters a fair amount of men with this issue as well. Like women, some men choose to sacrifice comfort for style and aesthetic, and while this is understandable, you must be careful of certain things. Some men’s dress shoes are simply cut too tight – especially in the arch & heel, and while they might not cause pain, they are not generally designed to be used for a long, arduous walk like most men encounter on their way to and from work. For these men and women, especially women who choose to wear high-heels at work, the best solution would be to wear a comfortable pair of sneakers or walking shoes during both legs of your commute, to and from work. You may see many individuals do this already, and they are saving themselves from years of terrible foot damage, including Haglund’s Deformity.

Midtown podiatrist, Dr. Harvey Katz, has treated a number of patients with Haglund’s Deformity, and most of them exhibit a highly similar set of symptoms. These symptoms include:

·         A visible “bony” bump along the heel area.

·         Bursitis – Swelling and inflammation in the fluid-filled sac (Bursa) along the back of the heel.

·         Severe heel and Achilles tendon pain.

·         Visibly red, highly inflamed tissue along the heel.

Amongst most NYC foot care specialists, identifying these symptoms is the first method of diagnosis. However, in order to make an informed diagnosis an X-ray must be performed. The X-ray will allow us to see the presence of additional bone tissue growing along the back of the heel. If this additional tissue is present, then it is highly likely you are suffering from Haglund’s Deformity and are in need of treatment. It is important that prior to contacting your podiatrist for treatment, you take measures to manage the pain and inflammation, by taking OTC pain & anti-inflammatory drugs; as well as try to prevent any further damage to the heel by wearing open-backed slippers, or soft shoes. In the most severe cases, in which non-invasive measures do not work, Dr. Katz may recommend patients get surgery done. For more information on Haglund’s Deformity or Pump Bump, contact Midtown Foot Care today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey Katz.