Heel problems are common in the UK, the reason behind this is because the heel is used so much. The heel is used in walking, standing, running, jumping.

Common causes of sore heels

Achilles Tendonitis

This is the most common cause of pain in the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and will cause pain first thing in the morning and after resting. It can also cause swelling and you may notice a lump in the tendon and ankle and calf stiffness. Achilles tendonitis is caused by a repetitive stress put on the tendon typically from tight or weak muscles. The treatments for this heel condition include rest, simple exercises, medications and injections. Although the treatment of this condition is quite simple and something that you can do at home, it is vital that you do go the doctor about this condition. Failing to may lead to further problems.

 

Heel Fractures

A fracture in the heel can be a single or multiple breaks or cracks in the heel bone. The fractures can be caused by overworking the heel by jumping, running, or falling from a height. They can be due to a single injury or occur over a period of time due to overuse. You will have a pain which will be made worse when you put pressure on your heel. Treatment of heel fractures typically involves the PRICE treatment (protecting, resting, icing, compression and elevation) as well as taking painkillers.  More serious fractures may require surgery to fix the bone. If you think the symptoms mentioned here sound right for your sore heel, get medical advice as quickly as you can.

Other common causes of a sore heel include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Os Trigonum Syndrome
  • Server’s Disease
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome