Heel pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are several common causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. If you have heel pain, some causes include:
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is due to inflammation of the tight tissue located on underside of foot. It is responsible for forming the arch of the foot. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: heel pain with prolonged walking/standing and is often worse in morning.
A spur is commonly associated with chronic plantar fasciitis opposed to acute plantar fasciitis. It is where the tissue on the underside of foot solidifies at the heel producing a sharp spur like protuberance which is noted on x-ray examination.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome causes a large nerve in the back of the foot to become entrapped, or pinched. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause heel pain.
Fat pad atrophy
The pad at the bottom of the heel can thin reducing its ability to absorb impact. This absence of the shock absorber can lead to a variety of secondary problems to the heel bone.
Stress fractures of the calcaneus are an uncommon. However should be considered especially in athletes such as long distance runners who have heel pain.
Posterior Heel Pain
Posterior heel pain causes symptoms behind the foot, rather than underneath. Posterior heel pain causes include Achilles tendonitis and retro-calcaneal (heel bone) bursitis.
It our job at the London Foot Pain Clinic to sort through these heel pain causes once we see you to establish the:
- Very best treatments
- The likelihood of successful treatment options
Our first aim is to get this right and educated you to how it might have happened. This means are patients are able to make informed choices about the best treatments.
To start your diagnostic process just request a call back using the Contact Us page in the main menu.