Retrocalcaneal exostosis (also known as Achilles bone/heel spur) presents with pain and swelling on the back of the heel — caused by an overgrowth of bone. The condition is often related to chronic tugging of a tight Achilles tendon on the back of the heel (calcaneus). As bone spurs develop, it becomes increasingly painful to wear shoes. The spurs can also destroy the attachment of the Achilles tendon.
Patients may experience pain, tenderness, swelling and redness along the back of the heel bone. Symptoms often increase with activity or shoes that rub the back of the heel. This condition typically affects adults, and because of the types of shoes women wear, they are more at risk.
The University Foot and Ankle Institute doctors have extensive knowledge in the conservative (non-surgical) and surgical care of Achilles tendinosis and spur removal related to retrocalcaneal exostosis.