Haglund’s deformity is a bony bump on the back of the heel. The symptoms of this deformity include an enlargement on the back of the heel, pain, swelling, and redness of the inflamed tissue.
The procedure used to address Haglund’s deformity is known as Resection of Haglund’s Deformity, and it includes a removal of the bony enlargement on the back of the heel bone.
Resection of Haglund’s Deformity is an outpatient procedure, which means that the patient can leave the podiatric surgeon’s office on the same day when the surgery is performed. The preparation for the procedure starts with proper positioning of the patient, so that the podiatric surgeon can have clear access to the back of the ankle. After that, an anesthetic is administered, and a sterilization and inspection is performed.
Next, the podiatric doctor makes a small incision on the back of the heel and cuts away the retrocalcaneal bursa and the Haglund’s Deformity, in order to relieve the pressure that they create on the soft tissues. The procedure ends with a closure of the incision using sutures or surgical staples, and bandaging of the ankle. The patient may be required to wear a splint for a certain period of time.
Full recovery from Resection of Haglund’s Deformity is expected in six to eight weeks.