Treating haglund's deformity with percutaneous achilles tendon decompression: A case series

Fabrizio Sergio, Ottorino Catani, Federico Fusini, Francesco Langella, Giovanni Cautiero, Ida Ponzo, Fabio Zanchini

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© 2018, CIC Edizioni Internazionali s.r.l. All rights reserved. Introduction: Haglund’s syndrome is a deformity of the postero-superior and lateral heel-shaped profile commonly associated with inflammation of the retro-calcaneal bursa and characterized by pain and swelling. Aim of the study was to evaluate the reliability and effectiveness of minimally invasive percutaneous surgical procedure for Achilles tendon decompression. Methods: From January 2014 to April 2016, a total of 21 continuous patients with Haglund’s deformity (15 men, 6 women, mean age of 40 years) were enrolled. The regularization of calcaneous profile and borsectomy were performed in all cases. The results were evaluated both clinically with American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society hindfoot score (AOFAS-hindfoot), Visual Analog Scale (VAS) before surgery and at 6 months’ follow-up. Radiographic results were also collected using Fowler-Philip before the surgery and one-month follow-up. Results: The average AOFAS-hindfoot score increased from 50.57 to 97.42 (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-494
Number of pages7
JournalMuscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Achilles tendon decompression
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Minimally invasive
  • Percutaneous surgery


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