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Haglund's deformity

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Michael Gray

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Camino France (2015 and 2016)
I suffer from Haglund’s deformity (so I’m told), a bony bump on my right heel. No pain or discomfort at all, but it does mean I quickly wear a hole in the fabric lining of the heel counter of any hiking shoes or boots, long before the shoes/boots otherwise wear out. The hole in the fabric then becomes a source of rapid damage to socks and of blisters. In the good old days hiking shoes and boots were made wholly or substantially of leather, including the linings. My dress shoes have leather linings and I have never had this problem with them.

Does anybody out there know of a brand of shoe or boot with a leather or leather-like lining for the heel counter? Or any other, non-surgical/orthotic solution?
 

Darby67

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2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
Have you tried applying a cut and formed piece of moleskin to the spot on the shoe? While I don't believe I have HD, I do tend to wear through certain shoes in the same spot as you describe. . Pretty quick and this has worked well for me. Just enough friction in my case to keep from rubbing holes in socks.
 

TatiLie

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues Variante Espiritual July 2019
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So, that's what it's called! I have them too. I never thought it was abnormal, actually, I think they're much smaller now than when I was younger and subject to the social norm of wearing heels and pretty uncomfortable shoes rather than comfy ones! There are some leather inserts I've bought in the pharmacy, not for the area of the swelling, but for above it, to give the bump more room and to avoid the heel to move out of the shoe but I've never used on hiking shoes, but on a ballerina that I ended up never wearing much.
 

peregrina2000

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I suffer from Haglund’s deformity (so I’m told), a bony bump on my right heel. No pain or discomfort at all, but it does mean I quickly wear a hole in the fabric lining of the heel counter of any hiking shoes or boots, long before the shoes/boots otherwise wear out. The hole in the fabric then becomes a source of rapid damage to socks and of blisters. In the good old days hiking shoes and boots were made wholly or substantially of leather, including the linings. My dress shoes have leather linings and I have never had this problem with them.

Does anybody out there know of a brand of shoe or boot with a leather or leather-like lining for the heel counter? Or any other, non-surgical/orthotic solution?
Hi, Michael,
I don’t know where you live, but I have found that the shoe repair shops in Spain work magic in ways that bear no comparison to their US counterparts. Since in the US we buy cheap and throw things out, the need for repair is minimal. But I digress.... Years ago, I had a problem with the covering on my silicone orthotic wearing through. A shoe repairman in León covered it with leather. It has lasted years and years and years. I think it sounds like something similar could work on the back of your shoe’s heel, and I have no doubt a Spanish zapatero could do that for you. Buen camino, Laurie
 

Carolethecatlover

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Camino(s) past & future
June 2018
Haglund's deformity is a natural strengthening point in the heel bone which grows in response to a short or tight Achille's tendon. (Walking is great, but stretch before starting). How deep is it? Get some chiropodists' felt of that thickness or greater, usually we are talking about 5millimetres, cut a hole in the felt to the size of the Haglund's and stick (usually has a peel off sticky side) into the inner heel cup of the shoe, so the Haglund's is surrounded and protected.
I agree with Laurie that Zapateros (cobblers, shoe repairers) in Spain are some of the world's best, and obliging, they will do it while you go and have a coffee. Also, somewhat south of the Camino, there are whole villages that do nothing but make handbags and shoes. Ubrique, above Granada, worth a visit. And, I, as a podiatrist and leatherworker, have covered many orthotic inserts in leather to make them last, and for the comfort of leather.
As a podiatrist, I recommend a thin pair of socks under a thick pair of socks to disperse friction.
 

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