Why Does the Back of My Heel Hurt?

The back of the heel can be a source of pain and aggravation for many, and generally has only a few causes.  The back of the heel is where the Achilles tendon attaches to the foot from the calf.  This tendon is very important, and without it, we cannot walk.  Over time, the tendon can become damaged due to chronic stress, and can also be actively injured when tripping and falling.  The Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone, called the calcaneus.  The back of this bone can become deformed over time due to stress from the tendon pulling on it as well as from other chronic stresses and injuries.  Eventually, a jagged spur can form on the back of the heel bone, and sometimes a smoother enlargement can form as well called a Haglund’s deformity.  These can also irritate the Achilles tendon, causing pain and inflammation.

Because the Achilles tendon is so very important to be able to walk, pain in the back of the heel must be treated carefully and promptly to avoid more serious complications that can occur as the tendon damage worsens, which can include tearing and rupturing.  We have a comprehensive treatment program for pain in the back of the heel, which includes stabilizing the Achilles tendon, reducing the inflammation, and allowing the tendon to heal.  Some people do require surgery to remove the irritating bone spurs and bone enlargement, as well as repair the tendon itself when it can’t heal non-surgically.  Our podiatrists are well experienced in treating heel pain and performing heel surgery.

Don’t let the pain in the back of your heel keep you down, come see us soon to discuss your options and start down the path to relief!

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