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Facts About Posterior Heel Pain

Posterior heel pain can be caused by various conditions that can significantly impact daily life. Achilles tendinopathy, often induced by excessive mechanical loading or certain medications, results in achy or sharp pain that worsens with activity or pressure. Diagnosis of posterior heel pain involves clinical examination by a podiatrist, revealing tenderness along the tendon and sometimes visible thickening. Treatment strategies, including activity modification and specialized exercises, necessitate personalized guidance from a podiatrist. Similarly, Haglund deformity, marked by a prominence at the back of the heel, can lead to retrocalcaneal bursitis. It may require tailored interventions, such as footwear adjustments, certain medications, and in severe cases, surgery. In children between eight and 14 years old who are active in sports, pain in the heel may indicate the onset of Sever’s disease. Ceasing the activity and changing to more supportive footwear, can help. Consulting a podiatrist is essential for accurate diagnosis and effective management of posterior heel pain, as these foot doctors possess the expertise to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs. To regain mobility and ensure that heel pain does not impede daily activities, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Jeffrey Rosenblatt, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Brooklyn and New York City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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