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Causes of Back of the Heel Pain

A number of conditions may be responsible for pain in the back of the heel. Among them are tight muscles, tendonitis, and ankle impingement syndrome. Symptoms include achiness, sharp or stabbing pain, swelling, and stiffness. The most common cause of pain in the back of the heel is an Achilles tendon injury. This tendon, which attaches the calf to the heel, can become tight with activity. If not properly stretched before and after activity, it can be torn and inflamed. Posterior ankle impingement occurs when a tendon is compressed between the bones in the leg and heel. This can cause pain, swelling, numbness, and tingling. Walking, running, and dancing can increase the symptoms. Osteoarthritis is another potential cause of pain at the back of the heel. It is caused by the wearing away of the cartilage in the ankle, which may result in a grinding of the bones on each other. It also may cause swelling, stiffness, and joint instability, along with pain around the ankle or heel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you 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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