Surgical Treatment of Retro-calcaneal Bursitis (Haglund’s Disease): Anatomy, Evaluation, Surgical Options, Complications, and Outcome

Vol 32| Issue 2 | July – Dec 2019 | page: 06-13 | Raju Karuppal, Anwar Marthya

Authors: Raju Karuppal [1], Anwar Marthya [2]

[1] Department Of Orthopaedics, Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
[2] Department Of Orthopaedics, IQRAA International Hospital Calicut, Kerala, India.

Address of Correspondence

Dr. Raju Karuppal,
Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.


Retrocalcaneal bursitis (RCB) is one of the common causes of heel pain. Symptoms will often respond well to conventional methods of treatment. Those patients who do not respond to conventional treatment may get benefit from surgical interventions. An awareness of appropriate diagnostic and evaluation techniques are is necessary to diagnose and plan the surgical treatment. Initial treatments of Haglund’s disease include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, footwear modification, and various physiotherapeutic modalities. Bony hump excision is the main surgical treatment option, which can be performed by various surgical approaches, such as open procedures or by endoscopic techniques. Factors such as local skin condition, and medical co-morbidities which may retard tissue healing, possibilities of Achilles tendon damage, and post-operative pain must be considered while selecting the best surgical option. This article examines patient evaluation, surgical options, complications, and outcome of Haglund’s disease.
Keywords: Retrocalcaneal bursitis, Haglund’s disease, Calcaneal osteotomy, Endoscopic surgery, Complications.


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