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 and basically every single activity involving your feet. It shouldn’t come as a shock then that there are a lot of conditions that can affect the heel and affect your daily life if you have one of them. Today, we are going to look at some of the most common heel problems here in the UK and the symptoms and treatments for each. We hope you find this article helpful in finding out the cause of your sore heel. As always with our articles, the information below is not intended to treat the condition, it is meant to help you gain knowledge of a condition and understand what is happening within your foot. You should seek medical advice about which treatment is right for you if you do think you have one of the conditions mentioned on this list.
Common causes of sore heels
This ailment 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 like bursitis.
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. So they can occur over time due to overuse or as a result of a single injury. You will have a pain which will be made worse when you put pressure on your heel and swelling. Treatment of heel fractures typically involves the PRICE treatment (protecting, resting, icing, compression and elevation) as well as taking painkillers, but 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:
- Bone Spurs
- Os Trigonum Syndrome
- Server’s Disease
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
One of the most well-known ailments that affects the heel not mentioned on this list is plantar fasciitis. The reason this condition isn’t mentioned here is because the next article we have coming out on our blog is all about the condition. If you think you have plantar fasciitis and would like to know more about it now, we do have other articles on here that go into some detail about the condition, but our next article will go into far more detail so please stay tuned.