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post #46 of 51
Unfortunately, this pain/blistering is due to a bone spur-like protrusion/enlargement (Haglund's Deformity) on the back of peoples' heels, not from uncomfortably fitting shoes. With rare exception (Edward Green being one of them), the heel counters on RTW shoes don't have enough vertical curviture to allow room for my bony bumps. I wind up wearing holes through the inner lining of the shoes where the bumps rub. In some cases, I've worn shoes long enough to actually wear through the counter itself. Not surprisingly, these were my most comfortable shoes. Ahh, if only I had the cash to go bespoke.

I never thought of the moleskin bunion donuts. I might give that a shot since I just got a fresh set of blisters from a new pair of shoes. My usual method of pain alleviation is to use band-aids on the bumps and just suck it up and deal. I hate to even think what corrective surgery would feel like eek.gif
post #47 of 51
Those donuts work wonders. They were a part of my shoe care box back when I wore ill-fitting shoes. Haven't used one in a while but if I ever experience shoe discomfort again its, "to the nearest Duane Reade!".
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Bringing this back from the dead.
Anyone ever have success getting the heel counters in their shoes modified to accommodate their Haglund bumps? I'm sick of dealing with the pain/blisters, but want some solution other than surgery.

I have Haglund's deformity too (tight Achilles and flat-footed exacerbated the problem) - have you spoke to your podiatrist about orthotic inserts to modify your gait so it puts less pressure on the back of your foot? It did wonders for me; I still get flare-ups from time-to-time but the relief has been tremendous. I would also recommend boots because they don't rub against the back of your foot. Good luck, I know how bad this condition is.
post #49 of 51
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Originally Posted by stant62 View Post

I have Haglund's deformity too (tight Achilles and flat-footed exacerbated the problem) - have you spoke to your podiatrist about orthotic inserts to modify your gait so it puts less pressure on the back of your foot? It did wonders for me; I still get flare-ups from time-to-time but the relief has been tremendous. I would also recommend boots because they don't rub against the back of your foot. Good luck, I know how bad this condition is.

I have a mild case of Haglund's deformity. It flared up when I started wearing cordovan shoes. I decided to go all boots about 8 months ago and that seems to have worked out OK for me. No more pain and Alden boots sure are beautiful. I don't feel like I am missing much not being able to wear the shoes and appreciate the support for my ankles.
post #50 of 51
Has anyone sent their shoes to be stretched? A good stretcher can really target specific locations on the shoe, and perhaps you could alter the fit of the heel to relieve the irritation.
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by Harrydog View Post

Has anyone sent their shoes to be stretched? A good stretcher can really target specific locations on the shoe, and perhaps you could alter the fit of the heel to relieve the irritation.

While I have not sent my boots to be stretched, I always push the heel area in and flex it before each wear to try and make that area a bit more flexible. It seems to help a bit. Would be curious if others also have their cordovan stretched successfully.
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