What’s behind heel pain?

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What’s behind heel pain?

Heel pain is one of the most common problems podiatrists treat. While plantar fasciitis seems to be predominant in this category of pain, we shouldn’t ignore the other conditions. When a foot is painful or experiences tenderness behind the heel, it might be Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis or haglund’s deformity. Let’s take a closer look at each condition.

What are achilles tendonitis and peroneal tendonitis?

This condition typically occurs as a result of a repetitive injury to the tendon. The location of the pain will occur in two places, but the insertion of the achilles tendon onto the heel is the most common location for tendonitis. The other location is about two inches above the ankle joint at the myotendonous junction.

Resulting in pain to the outside and back parts of the ankle, peroneal tendonitis is typically caused by excessive guarding of the foot in using the peroneal tendons to walk a different way to relieve the pain.

Treatment for both of these conditions often consists of resting the injured tendon to varying degrees. This will depend on the severity of the pain and tenderness of the injury. A night splint might be used for mild to moderate tendonitis. Your podiatrist will also recommend avoiding heavy activity and the use of anti-inflammatory medications. For severe conditions, casting for four to six weeks might be needed for appropriate healing of the injury.

What is haglund’s deformity?

Over the years bone develops to the back of the heel bone from shoe pressure, which is haglund’s deformity. This is also commonly known as “pump bump” because it often occurs in women who wear high heels. The pain from haglund’s deformity will vary depend on the severity of the bone growth in the back of the heel.

Treatment for haglund’s deformity aims to reduce the amount of pressure on the heel that is causing the bone to develop. If it becomes too large, the condition can become very painful. Surgical correction involves removing the enlarged bone from the back of the heel.

Contact us today at Great Neck Podiatry in Great Neck, NY to learn more about heel pain and what might be causing your tenderness and discomfort. Click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lance Greiff at our Great Neck or Bronx office.

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