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Common Forms of Heel Pain

Pain in the heels is a common complaint, and the pain may be felt in different parts of the heel. Plantar fasciitis, pain underneath the heel, is caused mainly by an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the sole, connecting the toes to the heel bone. Pain is the result of the fascia being overstretched. Pain felt behind the heel is frequently caused by Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon that connects the heel to the leg bone. In mild cases, injury is not generally the cause of pain. Instead, it may be the result of arthritis, infection, auto-immune disease, or trauma. In severe cases, heel pain is likely the result of a tear or rupture of the tendon. Another common heel pain condition is bursitis. This can cause pain as the bursa (fluid sacs) become inflamed and press on nerves. It can also be the result of landing too hard on the heel or undue pressure from footwear. Heel bumps, also known as pump bumps, are bone growths behind the heel that are thought to be linked to flat feet. It is said to be more common among teens whose bones have not fully developed when they begin to wear high heels. For more information about heel pain and treatment options, please make an appointment with 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 Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist 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 office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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