Retrocalcaneal exostosis refers to the formation of a bony prominence at the back of the heel bone called the calcaneus. This bony prominence causes difficulty in wearing shoes, tenderness and pain. Retrocalcaneal exostosis is seen more often in adolescents and young adults. It is seen more often in males than females.
There are a number of different surgical options available to treat retrocalcaneal exostosis. The most common surgical treatment is called excision of the retrocalcaneal exostosis. This involves removing the bony prominence and any surrounding soft tissue. Other surgical options include reshaping of the heel bone or a fusion of the heel bone.
The decision on which surgical treatment to use depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the retrocalcaneal exostosis, the age of the patient, and the activity level of the patient.
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If you have these symptoms, it’s important to see your Town Center Foot & Ankle Doctor so that you can get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Retrocalcaneal exostosis is often confused with other conditions, such as Achilles tendonitis or Severes Disease. Untreated retrocalcaneal exostosis can lead to further pain tendon tear, bursitis and difficulty wearing shoes. Contact our office today by calling (503) 925-6772! Our Portland podiatrists are here to help you find relief!