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Haglund's Deformity/lump on back of heel

katie@camino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, SJPDP-Finisterre 2016; CPort (Central) from Porto 2017;
CPort (Coastal) from Porto 2018.
Hi there,

My father has a large lump on the back of his heel, we think it is probably Haglund's Deformity. He bought a pair of Oboz Sawtooths, causing quite the painful, deep blister on his morning walks. The Sawtooth seems to be quite a rigid shoe. We wonder if anyone could recommend a shoe, perhaps something a bit softer with more give in it, for the Camino this April 2019, that might be better for his heel? Or any ideas how to manage the condition on the Camino?

Thanks so much :)
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Hi there,

My father has a large lump on the back of his heel, we think it is probably Haglund's Deformity. He bought a pair of Oboz Sawtooths, causing quite the painful, deep blister on his morning walks. The Sawtooth seems to be quite a rigid shoe. We wonder if anyone could recommend a shoe, perhaps something a bit softer with more give in it, for the Camino this April 2019, that might be better for his heel? Or any ideas how to manage the condition on the Camino?

Thanks so much :)
katie, Is he using the Sawtooth mid height or low?
 

katie@camino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, SJPDP-Finisterre 2016; CPort (Central) from Porto 2017;
CPort (Coastal) from Porto 2018.
Thanks @davebugg - pretty certain they're low height...looks like a shoe, not a boot.

We've encouraged him to see a podiatrist/physiotherapist but being a 72 year old man living in a rural area, he's not the best at seeking help! He does like Compeeds which I introduced him to in December for a terrible blister he got from them.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Thanks @davebugg - pretty certain they're low height...looks like a shoe, not a boot.

We've encouraged him to see a podiatrist/physiotherapist but being a 72 year old man living in a rural area, he's not the best at seeking help! He does like Compeeds which I introduced him to in December for a terrible blister he got from them.
I do have some thoughts on your concerns, send me a PM if you'd like to discuss it further. :)
 

katie@camino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, SJPDP-Finisterre 2016; CPort (Central) from Porto 2017;
CPort (Coastal) from Porto 2018.
How about some type of sandal, like Keens?
We'll start walking from Leon in mid-April, so I fear it might be too cold for sandals for this Aussie country guy with very limited long-distance hiking experience... ;) He did find the sandals that he wore after he got the huge blister in December comfortable...but that was during a 35 degree dry Aussie summer. Have you experience walking in sandals in cold, wet seasons?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
We'll start walking from Leon in mid-April, so I fear it might be too cold for sandals for this Aussie country guy with very limited long-distance hiking experience... ;) He did find the sandals that he wore after he got the huge blister in December comfortable...but that was during a 35 degree dry Aussie summer. Have you experience walking in sandals in cold, wet seasons?
I don't, but one of the moderators here @Kanga has worn sandals on many Caminos. Perhaps she will chime in here or you can send her a private message.
 

malandlyn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
November 2012 Frances
April 2015 Portuguese
La Plata from Cadiz planning 2020
Thin socks, loosely laced then walk in water or rain until soaked. Keep boots on as much as possible while they dry, I have lumps both heels and this does work with perseverance. Also do calf muscle stretches which eases tension on heels. Happy walking.
 

lt56ny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
Thanks @davebugg - pretty certain they're low height...looks like a shoe, not a boot.

We've encouraged him to see a podiatrist/physiotherapist but being a 72 year old man living in a rural area, he's not the best at seeking help! He does like Compeeds which I introduced him to in December for a terrible blister he got from them.
My advice to you is to listen to Davebugg!!!!!
 

Phoenix

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, CF: partial
2016, CF: SJPdP to Burgos/Leon to SdC
2018, CF: partial
I have had a partial Achilles tendon tear on each heel where the tendon attaches to the bone, resulting in scar tissue after healing and a rather large bump in the area of the tear. The injury to the left heel actually occurred while on Camino in 2014. Although not Haglund's Deformity, the result is similar: a wearing of/pressure on the area resulting in pain and blistering.

I wore Salomon Quest boots on two Caminos since and found that the irritation was less than wearing other boots. However, I get the least irritation from wearing runners with adequate padding in the heel cup area. In either case, I've found that preventative measures prior to walking have helped the most. For example, applying moleskin or other lightly padded, durable covering like Omnifix tape. I hope this info helps.
 

weradln

Member
Due to enormous heal spurs I can only wear sandals year round. Have twice walked from SJPDP to Santiago and last fall from Le Puy en Velay to SJPDP. First used Keen Newports with wool socks but found the Keen soles don't grip wet rocks very well so switched to ECCO sandals. Also use Sealskinz in snow or cold, wet weather. System really works well for me in all kinds of weather. Experiment with different wool socks to find thickness and tightness of weave that works for you.
 

Gretel Schuck

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francigena
Hi there,

My father has a large lump on the back of his heel, we think it is probably Haglund's Deformity. He bought a pair of Oboz Sawtooths, causing quite the painful, deep blister on his morning walks. The Sawtooth seems to be quite a rigid shoe. We wonder if anyone could recommend a shoe, perhaps something a bit softer with more give in it, for the Camino this April 2019, that might be better for his heel? Or any ideas how to manage the condition on the Camino?

Thanks so much :)
There are some oval shaped, “liquid” pads that are sort of like a band aid, that you can apply , to protect foot heals etc. They worked for me.
If you can’t find them, ask the pharmacist
Gretel-USA
Francigena
 

Matthew Merten

What yellow arrow?
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
Frances (2021)
Hi there,

My father has a large lump on the back of his heel, we think it is probably Haglund's Deformity. He bought a pair of Oboz Sawtooths, causing quite the painful, deep blister on his morning walks. The Sawtooth seems to be quite a rigid shoe. We wonder if anyone could recommend a shoe, perhaps something a bit softer with more give in it, for the Camino this April 2019, that might be better for his heel? Or any ideas how to manage the condition on the Camino?

Thanks so much :)
Katie,
I had both heels operated on at age 40 for Hagland's Deformity. It took about a year to learn how to walk correctly after the surgeries, and another two years before I could jog without losing my balance. I've had to wear shoes that are 1.5 to 2 sizes larger than my feet, and use orthotic inserts since then because of the huge lumps on the back of my heels. Fifteen years later I did the Camino Frances and discovered that my hiking boots, broken-in with 200 miles on them, were worthless for me. Midway through the 500 mile walk, I switched Keen sandals with smartwool socks. My blisters vanished, my feet stopped swelling and with the exception of the occasional pesky little rock I'd have to stop and remove from between my sock and the sandal, I enjoyed myself more than with the hiking boots. Even in the cold and in the rain, my feet healed as I walked. I will be wearing Keen sandals in 2021 when I return for another Camino.

Just my two cents worth.
 

katie@camino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, SJPDP-Finisterre 2016; CPort (Central) from Porto 2017;
CPort (Coastal) from Porto 2018.
Thanks for all your advice and ideas everyone - sandals are an excellent idea, except i'm not sure how supportive they'd be? My Dad's overpronotion on the foot he has the HD is very pronounced (possibly the cause of the HD in the first place) and I believe he really needs a stabilising shoe. We've just ordered a pair of Hokas - we'll see how they go (can return new or used) and if they're not quite right, we'll explore sandal options. I really appreciate everyone's contributions X
 

cherrys

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct (2013), Finisterre/Muxia Oct (2013), Camino Frances and on to Finisterre Sept/Oct (2016)
We'll start walking from Leon in mid-April, so I fear it might be too cold for sandals for this Aussie country guy with very limited long-distance hiking experience... ;) He did find the sandals that he wore after he got the huge blister in December comfortable...but that was during a 35 degree dry Aussie summer. Have you experience walking in sandals in cold, wet seasons?
I walked the Norte/Primativo in sandals. Started April 20. We hit some very wet slogs and one cold, nonstop heavy rain day. I wore liner socks and then merino ones over them. They worked basically fine - that is my feet were no colder than the rest of me that day. I will never walk in anything else. As Kanga told me when I was worrying about the wisdom of only taking sandals, when it rains, you just muck through it (think I got that right). I also have a lump on the back of my heel, it’s been there for years, my ortho guy has no idea why! Maybe it’s what your father has. Anyway it’s gone on four Camino with me. Wishing him good luck - Cherry
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes to Burgos, Oct 2018
Burgos to Santiago, May 2019, D.V.
I've got the same deformity, my GP called it "pump bump". After obsessive research & ordering/returning a few pairs of walking boots, I ended up with Altra Lone Peak Mid-Mesh Trail Runners, 1/2 size larger than usual. But I had to order them from the US & pay the import tax. Completely worth it though, combined with the Injinji sock liners and a good foot cream, only had one little blister on the side of my bunion. Took my Keens just in case, but never wore them on the trail. I agree abut the stability/ankle support, sandals can't really cut it. Came back and ordered the winter equivalent from the same store in Florida for the next leg this spring. Had to get a whole size larger as that was the only size left, but I'll be able to wear socks over the liners.
 
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Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Please see a specialist. To be able to walk with as little pain as possible is a question of life quality. If he has not been diagnosed proper. If soft walking like walking on pine needles is helpful I recommend hoka one one . To prevent blisters I use paper tape. All the best.
This supposed to help with problems prosthetic. Maybe someone has some experience with
ShearBan Self-Adhesive PTFE Sheets ?
 
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