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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Haglund's Deformity Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

The awkward title is so people can find this in searches.

Since I keep talking about my sore heels, I thought a picture would be worth a thousand words.
The first personal photo I've published here. Careful what you wish for.


Colin said...

Hmmm. Last year you said:

I got a second opinion from a sports podiatrist. Bilateral retrocalcaneal bursitis as a result of Haglund's deformity, requiring Keck and Kelly osteotomies on both heels.

Screw it. Six months on crutches per leg? Ice and pain relievers have worked for 35 years.

Has your opinion changed at all since then? It sounds like the surgical prognosis is fairly good. Or are the ice and pain relievers still doing the trick for you?

SteveQ said...

@Colin: Oh, sure, use my words against me.

The surgery isn't a problem. The problem is when you ask "How many competitive runners have had the surgery and gone back to competitive running?" The answer is zero. Doesn't mean it can't be done, but it is worrisome.

My heels hurt a little today, so I put off my hard workout and I'm a little grumpy about it.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Your false assumption that anyone asked you to post pix like this is the fatal flaw in your argument for posting it. It is, as they say, your argument's Haglund's Deformity Retrocalcaneal Bursitis or Achilles' Heel*.

* Because Haglund's first name was "Achilles" and, as any moron knows, "Deformity Retrocalcaneal Bursitis" is just Latin for "foot caboose" (aka "heel").

Colin said...

Sorry if my earlier comment came across as a bit glib. Haglund's sounds extremely frustrating and scary.

Surgery certainly seems like it should only be a last resort. But there are cases of competitive runners who were still competitive after Haglund's surgery. E.g. Bruce Deacon has documented his recovery here.

You & your doctors know your situation best. Here's hoping that you're able to manage or correct this to the point where it isn't significantly interfering with your running!

Xenia said...

My first instinct was to say "pop it". Perhaps no.

RBR said...

Sweet Christ. It looks like your heel is giving birth to another foot.

Genetically I am not sure it is ethical to let your heels breed. I am just saying....

I am pretty sure you know my feelings on making pain relieving surgery decisions based on your ability to continue your racing career, so I will spare you.

SteveQ said...

@Colin: Thanks for the link. Isn't it amazing how many talented runners there are that no one's ever heard of? Bruce Deacon wasn't on my radar. From what I can see, his was a more typical surgery than what I'd have to have.

Part of me's trying to convince myself I don't need the surgery because I simply can't afford it.