Achilles Tendonosis/ Haglund's deformity?


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Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 12, 2009 - 01:45am PT
I have this injury, it causes a bump or protrusion near the heel/achilles connection point. It basically degrades the strength of the tendon and is painfull in most climbing shoes.

Rehab methods include:

not wearing tight heeled shoes- Doh!
Rest and elevation- Doh!
Strengthening the tendon by stretching and doing heel drops on a 4" block. -Check

I climb alot, this injury was present prior to me taking up the "Rock Scramblin"

Anybody out there have this?

Did you have the surgury?

What mods can be done with a shoe to release the pressure?


Social climber
san joser
Aug 12, 2009 - 03:07pm PT
I have Psoriatic Arthritis which has degraded my Achilles tendon to Heel connection. I'm not sure if your condition is autoimmune related, but it may be worth looking in to
(talk to a rhematologist- it took me several years to figure out what was actually going on w/ my Achilles). I take methotraxate and embrel weekly which allows me to actually walk. The above cocktail slows my immune system down and reduces the TNF produced that are attacking my joints/ tendon insertions and causing inflamation.

Good Luck.

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2009 - 03:15pm PT
My injury is trauma related (rugby BITD). It does not affect my everyday life. Yet after hard sustained pitches, especially slaba and stemming corners my achilles feels as though it will blow out. This is something the doc told me could happen.

I have heard that it is hereditary, though the family is without this affliction.

I think I may carve a hole out of the back of the shoe, line it with some mole -skin and give it a go.


Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 12, 2009 - 03:40pm PT
What I use to have people do with their running shoes is cut a "t" through the heel counter. Mark the highest point of the bump. That is where the two lines of the t cross. Cut an inch in each direction. This can be tough if the shoe has a plastic heel counter. I have tried this with approx. 10 people and it has worked every time. Good luck.

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2009 - 04:39pm PT
Thanks SRB!

I think if I grind a depression, and make the T that would eliminate much of the pain.

Climbers are prone to this so I hear, Up hill approaches and the occasional rolling of the ankle.

Funny thing is that the movement that climbing provides mirrors the rehab motion one should practice with this affliction!

Thanks for the responses
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