Back Of Heel Pain

Back Of Heel Pain

Back Of Heel Pain: This is especially common while walking or running. The 4 most common causes are insertional tendinitis, heel spurs, bone and bursitis!

Back Of Heel Pain Running Or Walking:

 

Back Of Heel Pain Running
Back heel pain after running is extremely common. Running and walking force your achilles tendon to work at levels it may not be used to! It can take up to 4 weeks to adjust your Achilles tendon.
  • Back of the heel pain after running or after walking is very common.
  • This is most commonly due to achilles heel pain.
  • The achilles tendon is responsible for pushing off.
  • Running and walking requires 1,000’s of cycles of this motion.
  • This leads to overuse and inflammation!
  • Strongly consider Achilles Heel Pain & Bursitis Heel Pain below.
Back Of Heel Pain Walking
Back of heel pain after walking also stresses your achilles tendon. This is especially common in people who start walking large distances without easing into it!

 

If the pain is at the bottom of the heel or arch: Consider Arch Pain.

back heel bone pain
Heel bone pain is normally most likely at the bottom. If the bottom is hurting follow our arch pain treatment guide!

 

 

Back Of Heel Pain Causes:

There are 4 very common back of heel pain causes:

 

 

1) Achilles Heel Pain:

Pain In Back Of My Heel
Pain in the back of the foot above the heel is usually Achilles inflammation. This is most common after running or walking. It is an overuse injury.
  • The Achilles tendon inserts your calf muscles into the back heel of the foot.
  • It is the strongest tendon in the body, it can lift your entire body!
  • It is responsible for pushing off during running or walking.
  • Overuse is very common in runners and jumpers.
  • It can even be overused in people who stand or walk all day!

Posterior Achilles Heel Pain Symptoms:

  • Back of heel pain in the morning is very common.
  • Morning or after rest pain is the major indicator.
  • The morning pain will get better within 15-20 minutes of motion.
  • There can be redness and swelling.
  • Pain in back of foot above heel.
  • Sharp pain in the back of the heel, this is from nerve irritation.
  • If you treat the inflammation, the nerve pain will get better quickly.

 

2) Bone Spur On Back Of Heel:

Bone Spur On Back Of Heel
A bone spur on the back of the heel is calcification. This can weaken the Achilles tendon and predispose you to an Achilles rupture!
  • This is caused by chronic Achilles heel pain.
  • As the Achilles pulls on the heel, it will tear and bleed microscopically.
  • Over years and decades this blood will calcify, this leads to a permanent back of heel spur.
  • The inflammation and swelling cause the majority of the symptoms.
  • The only permanent way to remove the calcification is surgery.
  • If severe enough, it can cause Achilles Rupture!

Bone Spur On Back Of Heel Symptoms:

  • This is usually associated with chronic Achilles pain.
  • Like above,┬áBack of heel pain in the morning is common.
  • You can feel a bump on the back of your heel.
  • There can be redness and swelling.
  • Sharp pain in the back of the heel, this is from nerve irritation.
  • If you treat the inflammation, the nerve pain will get better quickly.

 

 

 

3) Bursitis Back Heel Pain:

Sharp Pain In Back Of Heel
Bursitis symptoms are similar to any inflammation in the back of the heel. It can cause a sharp pain in the back of the heel if there is nerve irritation!
  • The bursa is a low friction fluid sack.
  • It allows the Achilles tendon to glide against the skin and the bone.
  • If the bursa becomes inflamed, this can increase friction and cause pain.
  • This will also lead to Achilles tendinitis.
  • Symptoms and treatment are similar to Achilles heel pain.

Bursitis Back Heel Pain Symptoms:

  • Almost identical to Achilles heel pain.
  • Back of heel pain in the morning is very common.
  • Morning or after rest pain is the major indicator.
  • The morning pain will get better within 15-20 minutes of motion.
  • There can be redness and swelling.
  • Pain in back of foot above heel.
  • Sharp pain in the back of the heel, this is from nerve irritation.
  • If you treat the inflammation, the nerve pain will get better quickly.

 

 

4)Hagland’s Bump:

Pain In Back Heel Of Foot
Pain in the back heel of the foot can be a Hagland’s bump. This is an increase amount of bone in the back of the heel. This is very likely to cause a sharp pain in the back of the heel.
  • A Hagland’s bump is an increase in heel bone prominence.
  • This larger heel bone can compress against the back of the shoe.
  • This is most common in people with a high arch foot.
  • Very common in 20-30 year old females who wear high heels.

Hagland’s Bump Symptoms:

  • Redness and swelling at the back of the heel.
  • No problem standing on tippy toes.
  • If you do have problems standing on your tippy toes, suspect Achilles tendinitis.
  • Achilles tendinitis is also pain in back of foot above heel.
  • This is directly on the back of the heel.
  • Sharp pain in back of heel is possible if there is nerve compression.
  • This can cause numbness, burning or tingling.

 

 

 

Also Consider:

Ankle Bursitis.