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This article will provide a group of exercises we find most effective with our patients with a Haglund’s deformity. It is not a one-size-fits-all, but hopefully, you can have some success from performing them consistently over a 6-12 week period.
The best exercises for Haglund’s Deformity should stretch and condition the tendon to absorb load without irritating the patient’s symptoms. When going into dorsiflexion (lifting the foot upwards) past neutral, a Haglund’s Deformity can rub off the underside of the Achilles Tendon.
So, we try to avoid this position with repetitive exercises where possible. However, short periods in a dorsiflexed position for stretches are generally beneficial.
We use isometric exercises to condition the Achilles Tendon as we can get a large amount of force through the tendon without irritating it.
This article is written by James McCormack, a Lower Limb Specialist who is an expert in treating Haglund’s Deformity.
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.