I played roller hockey for 4 years wearing Bauers. When I got my ice gear to transition to ice, the guy told me Bauer ice skates would be better since I was familiar with it.
Well, after about 8 months or so, I recently have this bump on the back side of the heel, more prominent on the left foot. I remember on Thursday during practice, halfway through the practice, it hurt a lot! Unfortunately, I did not listen to my body and kept playing for another 10 minutes.
The bump seemed to be less red now (about 5 days later), but it's still there. It's discomforting, and I plan to not play ice hockey for a while. What should I do now?
I read online about the Haglund's Deformity and heard in worst case scenario, there is surgery. The best case scenerio, I've heard people have it for 20 years and not worry about it. Is it time to stop playing hockey?
Not necessary yet. It's best to let it heal first before playing. People have punched out the heel of their skates and that seemed to help some, others have worn a special sleeve or sock (google that one, I'm not sure), while others have simply found a skate with a slightly wider and snugger fitting ankle.
My foot has just started forming one, I have played hockey for several years and have had these skates for many years but for some reason I just started to get one. I only have on on my right foot and it only bothers me when I walk out of the bench onto the ice, and I always step off the bench with my right foot last. That is when I can feel the bump on my foot. It does not hurt all all or at least for now.
I've had bauer bumps (Haglund's deformities) since about one year after I started hockey 5 years ago. I wore some old Bauer Supreme classics as my first pair of skates and did not know it was not normal to be feeling discomfort in the heel area. Before I did anything about it, the bumps established themselves on both of my heels and have not subsided with any time off the ice.
I went in to see a podiatrist, who explained to me that the swelling was caused by my body's reaction to increased pressure in that area resulting in the inflammation of the bursa there, as well as an underlying growth of the calcaneal bone to deal with increased amounts of pressure. Each bump sticks out around 1cm from the normal anatomy on the lateral aspect of the calcaneus. They are quite substantial.
Now, I have been very lucky and do not experience pain from any nerve impingement as you may. I still fit into all of my old shoes and my new skates (Bauer Supreme One 100) are the same size as my old skates but have a deeper, more rounded heel and fit like a glove. But I also enquired on what kinds of treatment I could get. My only option was surgery, which was a $4000 bill (Australia) where they would remove the bursa, shave down the bone and may even have to sever and re-attach the achilles tendon to get the job done right. Snapping my achilles, and the amount of recovery time / uncertainty of post-recovery strength in the tendon that could represent, were a dealbreaker.
This is not to say that your experience will be anything like mine has been. Maybe since you picked up on it earlier you will have many more options. I have been playing hockey happily without pain for 4 years since noticing them. I would definitely recommend looking into some better equipment or padding for your skates. It is definitely something I wish I looked into earlier had I known the severity of the deformities.
Anyhoo, the fact that you raised the issue early is a good sign that you will take the steps to halt the growth of the deformities. First step is definitely looking into more comfortable skates, and your local hockey shop should be experienced in dealing with customers with this issue.
Thanks for the responses guys., but does it actually go away through time if caught early on?
And could it be something else aside from Haglund? Like a blister?
The swelling and bursa sac may shrink causing it to appear, but don't expect the bone spur to disappear. The good news is that the bone spur is actually very small in comparison to the bursa and associated swelling.
I would recommend checking your skate fit and perhaps considering achilles tendon pads for comfort if they are bothering you. Mine was pretty bad at one point, but a combination of achilles tendon pads and getting my boot punched out helped tremendously. I still occasionally get mild discomfort but the bone spurs have long since stopped growing and *most* of the time I'm fine.
Surgery usually isn't an option unless you have significant discomfort or a very large spur. I've looked at what the surgery entails and it does *not* look fun. Try and solve your issue with conservative methods first.
Weird, I played hockey for 10 years before my first pair of Bauers, and yeah, suddenly I got this huge callous on the backs of both my heels. Don't hurt at all, but I do wear spots into the back of my shoes...