Haglund’s Syndrome


Known technically as ‘osteochondrosis of the retrocalcaneal process’, this disorder is characterised by the heel bone that protrudes too far, putting pressure on the Achilles tendon and causing pain. It generally appears in sportspersons who subject the foot bones to daily stress, for example in running, and in teenagers. The rear of the heel may develop a skin irritation that often develops into bursitis. It can be treated either surgically or with rest. Haglund’s syndrome is very often confused with heel spur, another disorder in which the heel bone protrudes too far.

Treatment types

A mixture of phototherapy, ultrasound and magnetotherapy complemented by TENS, if desired.

Method of action


Ultrasound treatment increases the ‘stretchiness’ of muscles and tendons that may be tight. This form of therapy helps to build new tissue and ensure the proper alignment of the tissue fibres so that full strength and flexibility can be restored. In the case of a chronic illness, ultrasound can slow the development and help to manage symptoms.

Ultrasound therapy can:

  • Provide an analgesic effect.
  • Improve blood flow and restore normal cell activity to produce an anti-swelling effect.

Phototherapy — infrared

Since infrared therapy enhances and improves circulation in the skin and other parts of the body, it can bring oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues and promote healing. It helps to ease pain, relieve inflammation and protect against oxidative stress.

Phototherapy — blue light

Helps to relieve skin irritation and promote wound healing.


Magnetotherapy offers an anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling effect on top of its ability to reduce pain and improve blood circulation.


The electrical impulses reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain by temporarily ‘switching off’ the nerve endings of the affected area — thus, helping to relieve pain and relax the muscles. These impulses also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.