Are you familiar with Haglund’s deformity and have you been diagnosed with it? Have you noticed a large bump on the back of your heels and are you experiencing staggering heel pain?
First off let me clarify what Haglund’s deformity is. It is a progressive condition where you have a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. This condition affects the soft tissue near the heel as well as the heel bone. Moreover, the soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against your shoes, specially shoes that are too tight or too stiff.
Haglund’s deformity may often lead to painful bursitis, which is an inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac between the tendon and bone).
On the bright side, if you take the necessary steps you will be able to treat and prevent this condition, and it all starts by wearing the correct pair of shoes.
Although the source of this condition remains uncertain, it’s clear that ill-fitting shoes are often the main reason why women experience Haglund’s deformity. Women who have high arches or supination and walk on the outside of their heels are also more prone to develop this condition.
You are in good hands because I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes. I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years. Moreover, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but provide regular shoe fitting as well. I also became familiar with the best shoe styles for women with Haglund’s deformity.
In this post I am going to show you a selection of the best shoes for Haglund’s deformity, as well as give you other relevant information that will be useful for your decision-making process.
In the same way, let me first address a very important factor of fitting shoes – determining the correct foot and shoe size.
Determining Your Foot Size — Length, Width & Instep!
All women’s feet are all different in size, shape, and width. In order to get the best suited shoes for you, it’s important to consider your own specific requirements. The very first thing to do is figure out your correct foot size, also accounting for any foot issues you may have. Hint: Haglund’s deformity.
When trying to find the correct shoe size, we are looking to figure out your actual foot width (remember that shoes come in different width such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide). It may be the case that you believe that you have extra wide feet and in reality, you just have wide feet.
Therefore, there are 3 things you need to consider:
✔️ The length of the foot
✔️ The width of the foot
✔️ The instep of the foot
Please start by reading an article I wrote that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
Now let’s take a look at some of the most common signs that will help you determine whether your have Haglund’s deformity or not.
Detecting Haglund’s Deformity – Common Signs
As a matter of fact, Haglund’s deformity can occur in one or both feet. There are certain signs that will help you determine if you have this condition or not.
✅ Pain in the back of the heel when you walk or run.
✅ Visible bump on the back of your heels.
✅ Swelling or redness on your heels.
✅ Calluses or blisters on your heels where the bump rubs against the shoes.
It is important to realize that in some instances you might just have one of these common signs and that the level of pain can vary. If you prefer, you can also visit your primary care doctor or a podiatrist.
Treating & Preventing Haglund’s Deformity – A Soft Heel Counter!
In order to treat Haglund’s deformity, I recommend that you wear shoes that don’t put pressure on your heels as often as possible. Wearing open-backed shoes is recommended when you are is walking around the house or if you live in area where it’s nice outside. However, most formal shoes and everyday shoes don’t come with an open-back.
The most important feature that your shoes must have in order to help treat and prevent Haglund’s deformity is a soft heel counter. Just to clarify, the heel counter is the back part of the shoes:
It’s really important that you don’t wear shoes that come with rigid or stiff heel counters, since those type of shoes can cause friction and aggravate the condition.
There are 2 indispensable features that your shoes must have around the heel counter:
💙 Extra padding
💛 Extra cushion
These features will keep your feet comfortable and help cushion and prevent your bump from rubbing against the back of the shoes.
The Best Shoes for Haglund’s Deformity ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You can rest assured that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for Haglund’s deformity. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
All of these shoe styles are available in different widths such as medium, wide, or extra wide, so please make sure that you choose your shoe width accordingly.
Please note that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
I always suggest wearing a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
If you measure a foot size 10 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 11 in order to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going a half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
I would like to point out that all of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
In the same way, if you have a kid with Haglund’s deformity and want to provide him/her with a pair of shoes, then you can take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best kid’s shoes for Haglund’s deformity. Just click on the link below:
All things considered, kindly let us know if you have found a particular shoe style that has been effective in treating and preventing your Haglund’s deformity so we can all benefit from your feedback.