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Heel Pain

What is Heel Pain?

It is a common foot problem. Pain usually occurs under the heel or just behind it, where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. Sometimes it can affect the side of the heel.

Can physiotherapy help people with heel pain?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in the treatment of heel pain and most people recover fully without the need for surgery.

What are the common causes of heel pain?

  • Plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia in the foot

  • Heel bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursa located at the back of the heel

  • Heel bumps – they are common in teenagers. When the immature heel bone rubs excessively, it results in the formation of too much bone. It is often caused by having a flat foot. It can be caused by starting to wear high heels before the bone is fully mature

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome – occurs when a large nerve at the back of the foot becomes entrapped or pinched

  • Chronic inflammation of the heel pad

  • Stress fracture

  • Severs disease – caused by overuse and repetitive microtrauma to the growth plates of the heel bone

  • Achilles tendinosis

  • Achilles tendon rupture

  • Poor posture when walking or running

  • Problems with circulation

  • Heel spur

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