FACEBOOK LIVE- WHAT IS THE LUMP ON THE BACK OF MY HEEL? IT IS SOMETHING I SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT?

Facebook Live 7th August 2019

What is that lump at the back of your heel?

The lump at the back of your heel is called a haglund’s deformity. Haglunds deformity is an abnormal bone growth at the back of the heel. When this abnormal bone rubs against the back of tight fitting footwear it often becomes irritated and causes inflammation to the soft tissues at the back of the heel. 
The soft tissues which usually become affected are the Achilles’ tendon or bursa (a bursa acts as a cushioning between the Achilles’ tendon and heel bone). When either of these structures become inflamed it contributes to the lump at the back of your heel and causes it to become larger in size accompanied with redness and often tender to touch. It’s not uncommon that Achilles tendinopathy or a bursitis co-exists amongst a haglunds deformity.