Heel Pain In Back Of My Heel!

Pain In Back Of My Heel!


Pain In Back Of My Heel: This problem is most common while wearing tight shoes, walking or running! There are 4 main common and treatable causes!

 

Heel Pain In Back Of My Heel!
Say Yes if the back of the heel pain feels worse before you massage and stretch it out?
Say no if it is a bump that gets worse with more walking or running.

 

Is Your Problem Worse In The Morning Or Before Exercise?

Note: Say no if movement, stretching and increased blood flow do not make it better.

Heel Pain In Back Of My Heel!            Heel Pain In Back Of My Heel!

Say Yes To Morning Pain If:

  • Your Achilles tendon gets sore due to overuse.
  • If your Achilles tendon is stiff upon stretching in the morning.
  • If the pain is worse before you get moving and massaging!

Say No To Morning Pain If:

  • It is a hard bump on the back of your heel.
  • If it hurts because it is pushing against the back of your shoe.
  • If it is not due to Achilles tendon pain or inflammation.

 

 

Heel Pain In Back Of My Heel Causes:

There are 4 major causes for heel pain in back of my heel. The most common is Achilles heel pain. The next most common is calcaneal bursitis. But don’t worry they are treated almost exactly the same!

 

1) Achilles Heel Pain:

Heel Pain Back of heel above ankle
Achilles heel pain is felt like soreness. The back of the heel and muscle are sore in the morning and after rest. Stretching it and massaging it make it feel better!
  • The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body.
  • It is responsible for your foot pushing off.
  • This is used 1,000s of times a day walking and running.
  • This tendon can very easily become overused!

Achilles Heel Pain Symptoms:

  • Back of heel pain in the morning.
  • The morning pain will get better within 15-20 minutes of walking or stretching.
  • Massaging the back of the heel will make it feel better.
  • 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.
  • Sharp pain can cause numbness, burning and tingling.

 

2) Bone Spur On Back Of Heel:

Bone Spur On Back Of Heel
Chronic Achilles heel pain or morning soreness can lead to this. Micro-tearing eventually leads to bone formation.
  • This is the result of years of Achilles heel pain.
  • The years and decades of pain cause micro tears and bleeding.
  • This bleeding can form little piece of bone that grow into the Achilles tendon.
  • This can press against the back of your shoe.
  • It can also make the Achilles tendon more likely to rupture!

Bone Spur On Back Of Heel Symptoms:

  • This pain will be very similar to Achilles heel pain.
  • It will be more progressed.
  • There will be morning pain and irritation.
  • You might be able to feel a hard bony formation at the Achilles tendon insertion.
  • It will press up against the back of your shoe and cause irritation.

 

3) Heel Bursitis:

Heel Pain In Back Of My Heel
Heel bursitis can cause irritation and inflammation of the Achilles tendon insertion. The sacks can swell up and cause a back of the heel lump.
  • The bursa are like gel sacks that allow friction-less gliding of the Achilles tendon.
  • They allow the Achilles tendon to glide past the skin and the bone.
  • If they become irritated, the friction will increase and cause pain.
  • This is called bursitis.

Heel Bursitis Symptoms:

  • These are very similar to Achilles heel pain.
  • Heel bursitis is also treated very similar to Achilles heel pain.
  • The morning pain will get better within 15-20 minutes of walking or stretching.
  • Massaging the back of the heel will make it feel better.
  • 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.
  • Sharp pain can cause numbness, burning and tingling.

 

4) Lump On Back Of Heel:

Lump On Back Of Heel
A lump at the back of the heel is heel bursitis if soft. But if it is hard it can be achilles calcification or a Hagland’s bump!
  • This is called a Hagland’s bump.
  • It is a large bone prominence on the back of the heel.
  • This is not calcification of the Achilles tendon, but an increase in the size of the heel bone.
  • This is very common in women who wear high heels.
  • It is also likely if you have a high arch foot.

Lump On Back Of Heel Symptoms:

  • This is different than Achilles heel pain.
  • There is no difficulty standing on your tippy toes.
  • It does hurt in the morning or after rest.
  • Walking and running make it feel worse rather than better.
  • This is because it rubs and compresses against the back of your shoe.
  • This can cause a sharp back of the heel pain due to nerve irritation.

 

 

 

If The Bottom Of Your Heel Hurts:

Consider Bottom Of The Foot Pain.

Consider Foot Arch Pain.