POSTERIOR HEEL PAIN

The posterior aspect of the heel and lower leg is relatively common area of the foot to have pain seen in growing children,  mature athletes and the ageing population.  The cause of posterior heel pain can include bone, muscle, tendon and bursa. Common diagnoses of posterior heel pain include:

 

  • Calcaneal Apophysitis

  • Mid portion achilles tendinosis

  • Insertional achilles tendinosis

  • Achilles tendon tear

  • Calcaneal bursitis

  • Retrocalcaneal buristis

  • Haglund's deformity

  • Blisters

  • Contusion

  • Pressure site

 

The cause of posterior heel pain can be as diverse as ill fitting footwear, overuse or sleeping position.  Often posterior heel pain is associated with the calf muscle/achilles tendon structure.   The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is involved in pointing the foot down and helping you propel forward when walking and balance when standing. 

Our podiatrists will first aim to diagnose your presentation.  This will include a thorough history and assessment  of your condition.  Where appropriate you may be referred for radiological assessment (x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound etc) to understand your condition better.  Your podiatrist will aim to provide you with treatment that is tailored to your presentation and  give consideration to your goals and motivation to to recover.  Treatment may include footwear advice, exercises, lifestyle advice, skin care, padding, strapping, heel lifts and foot orthoses.