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Common Types of Pain Under the Heel

Experiencing heel pain is quite common, especially as one ages or if one is active in sports. The number one pain under the heel is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the front of the foot. It is usually caused by overuse, and is common among runners. Similar to plantar fasciitis, but not the same, is bruised heel pain. Also known as heel pad contusion, this pain is specific to the heel bone (calcaneus) rather than along the sole of the foot. It might be the result of landing too hard on a hard surface or from a great height. A heel spur is a bony growth on the heel bone that can be overlooked, or thought to be plantar fasciitis as the symptoms are identical. A chiropodist can determine the difference by taking an X-ray. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the posterior tibial nerve as it passes through the inner ankle. It causes a burning pain in the heel that then moves to the arch of the foot. A calcaneal stress fracture, an overuse injury, is a hairline crack in the main heel bone. For help with any of these forms of heel pain, please consult a chiropodist.  


 

Heel pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of injuries, medical conditions, and other factors. If you suffer from heel pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When it comes to heel pain, the exact location and type of pain are important to note. Some of the conditions that may cause heel pain include: 

  • Plantar fasciitis - An inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot; it causes a stabbing pain under the heel that is at its worst when taking your first few steps after a long rest and while standing on your tiptoes or climbing stairs

  • Achilles tendonitis - An inflammation of the tendon in the back of the calf; it causes pain in the back of the heel that is at its worst after resting, as well as ankle and calf stiffness, swelling, and tenderness 

  • Bone spurs - Bony lumps on the back of the heel bones that cause sharp pain upon first standing up; the pain becomes dull and achy over time 

  • Heel fractures - A break or crack in the heel bone that causes pain, swelling, and difficulty walking

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis - Swelling of the small, fluid-filled sac at the back of the heel bone; it causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the back of the heel

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome - Compression of the posterior tibial nerve which causes a pins and needles sensation in the heel, foot, and calf 

Your chiropodist will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and prescribe the right treatments for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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