Retrocalcaneal exostosis is a bony enlargement at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone. This is often caused by tightness of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon.

Symptoms of Retrocalcaneal Exostosis

The symptoms of this condition are pain and tightness in the back of the heel. Tight shoes, such as high heels, can increase the pain and cause redness and swelling.

Treatment of Retrocalcaneal Exostosis

Treatment consists of removing pressure and avoiding shoes that rub the back of the heel. Orthotics and custom molded shoe inserts can be useful, because they reduce the side-to-side rocking motion of the heel while walking, which aggravates the painful area. If all else fails, surgery can be performed to remove the bump.