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What is Posterior Heel Pain?

Pain, aching, or stiffness on the bottom of the heel is a common ailment. The most common explanation of this condition is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. However, there are several other possible explanations as well. This article will briefly describe and discuss other causes of heel pain. These illnesses must be diagnosed and treated differently. See your physician to diagnose the cause of your posterior heel pain.

Causes of Posterior Heel Pain

Heal and foot pain can accompany any of several more serious conditions. Among these are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot; heel spurs
  • Plantar fascial rupture
  • Haglund's deformity, a bony prominence on the outer (lateral) side of the heel.
  • Arthritis and Gout
  • Psoriasis
  • Collagen disorders
  • Bone bruises and stone bruises
  • Nerve injuries or growths (neuroma)
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel bumps
  • Heel bursitis
  • Heel bone abnormalities
  • Tumors
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Surgery is infrequently required for heel pain conditions.

Symptoms of Posterior Heel Pain

The predominant symptom is heel pain. Each of the conditions above may exhibit other symptoms as well. See your physician for a proper diagnosis. An examination of your foot will be made to identify the painful areas. You may be asked to walk, for a gait analysis. X-rays may be needed to check for hairline fracture or arthritis. Blood tests may be needed.

Treatment of Posterior Heel Pain

Treatment depends on diagnosis. General preventative actions to avoid heel pain include losing weight, wearing proper shoes, including arch support, cushioning, and raised heels, keeping off one's feet as much as possible, calf-stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Surgery is often needed to remove symptomatic bony prominences that interfere with shoe fitting.

The information provided herein is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a licensed physician.

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