Understanding Haglund's Deformity: The Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach

Apr 12, 2024
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Haglund's deformity, often known as "pump bump," is a common foot condition that causes pain at the back of the heel. This issue arises from a bony enlargement that can become severely irritated by footwear, particularly shoes with rigid back.

Traditional vs. Minimally Invasive Treatment for Haglund's Deformity

Traditional Open Surgery: Traditionally, treating Haglund's deformity involves open surgery, which typically requires a larger incision on the back of the heel to access and remove the bony growth on the heel. This also requires partial detachment of the Achilles tendon and reattachment with suture anchor system. While very effective, open surgery often leads to longer recovery times, greater post-operative pain, and a higher risk of complications such as infection, nerve damage, and painful scar tissue formation.

Minimally Invasive Zadek Procedure: At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, we offer a cutting-edge alternative to traditional surgery known as the Zadek procedure. This minimally invasive technique involves making three very small incisions, which allows for less tissue disruption and a faster recovery process. The procedure not only reduces the bony prominence but also corrects any associated biomechanical issues with the Achilles tendon, enhancing overall foot function.

Benefits of the Zadek Procedure

Reduced Recovery Time: One of the primary advantages of the Zadek procedure is the significantly reduced recovery time. Patients typically experience a quicker return to daily activities and are often able to walk shortly after the surgery with the aid of protective footwear.

Less Postoperative Pain: Due to smaller incisions and less disruption to the soft tissues and muscles around the heel, patients generally report less pain during the recovery period compared to those who undergo traditional open surgery.

Lower Risk of Complications: Minimally invasive procedures like the Zadek procedure lower the risk of complications such as infections and nerve damage because of the limited exposure of internal tissues to the external environment.

Cosmetic Advantages: Smaller incisions result in less noticeable scars, which is an important consideration for many patients concerned about the aesthetic outcomes of foot surgery.

Why Choose Dr. Kaveh Panahi for Your Foot Care?

At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, led by Dr. Kaveh Panahi, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the latest advancements in foot and ankle care. Our approach is tailored to each patient’s individual needs, ensuring that you receive the most effective and least invasive treatment possible. We understand the challenges that come with foot conditions like Haglund's deformity, and we are here to help you achieve relief and regain mobility with cutting-edge solutions like the Zadek procedure.

Get Back on Your Feet with Expert Care

If you're experiencing pain from Haglund's deformity and are looking for a solution that minimizes pain, reduces recovery time, and provides lasting results, contact us at 623.439.2200 or use the online portal to schedule a consultation to find out if the minimally invasive Zadek procedure is right for you. Let us help you take the first step toward a pain-free life!