Pain Above the Heel Of Back Foot: [Causes, Symptoms & Best Treatment]
Pain Above The Heel: This is most likely caused by Achilles tendinitis, a Hagland’s bump or Achilles calcification. Start treating 100% it at home.
Causes of pain at the back of the heel:
- The number one cause for pain in the back of the heel is Achilles tendinitis.
- This can cause insertional Achilles tendinitis pain.
- This can eventually lead to an insertional heel spur.
- These are the famous heel spurs that everybody talks about.
- These are caused by years of stress of the Achilles tendon pulling out of the back to the heel bone.
Symptoms of back at the back of the heel:
Symptoms of pain in the back to heal include:
- Numbness, burning and tingling.
- Pain that is worse in the morning.
- Pain that is relieved with stretching and some initial motion.
- Pain that is increased with flexibility icing and massage.
- Pain that gets worse with increased activity during the day, this means that you will hurt more at night and the next morning following a busy day.
Step 1: Rule Out Other Heel Pain.
- Make sure that you first know that you have a Haglund’s bump, achilles calcification or bursitis.
- This is pain at the back of the heel.
- If the bottom of your heel hurts, then suspect plantar fasciitis.
- If this is a true Hagland’s bump, it is difficult to remove the bone conservatively.
- The only way it will be gone for sure it to undergo surgery.
- It is possible to essential get rid of all the symptoms and not even know that it is there in some cases.
- As excess bone formation rubs against the skin and creates inflammation.
- This leads to further swelling of the bursa and the back of the heel region.
- If this inflammation and bursitis is alleviated, there the soft tissue swelling should decrease.
- It is possible to still have the extra bone and not feel any symptoms.
- It is possible to relieve these symptoms by trying the following conservative treatments.
Conservative Treatment for Pain Above the Heel:
Best Shoes For Back of the Heel Pain:
- In the early part of treatment, you should prevent friction and rubbing of the Haglund’s bump against your shoes.
- If you wear tight constrictive dress shoes- try to switch to a looser running shoe if possible.
- Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed from the heel and plantar fascia region.
- This is especially important if you have plantar fasciitis, heel spur pain or Achilles tendonitis.
- Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotic for best pain relief!
- The following link will show you what our favorites are.
- Icing is not just to relieve the pain!
- Ice for 15-20 minutes until the area gets numb to relieve inflammation.
- This will increase healing time.
Topical analgesics and anti-inflammatories:
- Check with your podiatrist or pharmacist before using these.
- This is like an Ibuprofen or Aspirin but rubbed onto the skin so it is localized.
Best Orthotics For Back of the Heel Pain:
- Try some rigid inserts like Powerstep orthotics (not the flimsy gel type).
- This will control your arch and improve your biomechanics.
- Something caused this bump to happen and if you are not willing to see your podiatrist then you should at least try these to see if your biomechanics are alleviated!
- Foam and gel accommodations exist to remove pressure.
- Check with your podiatrist or pharmacist before using these.
- Ibuprofen orally when used as directed for two weeks can be very beneficial in decreasing inflammation.
- This is not just for pain relief but for faster healing!
- Stretching, massaging and exercises will target the sore joints and muscles.
- These are improperly inhibiting you from using proper walking biomechanics.
- Unfortunately there is a much lower likely hood of developing this problem and a much greater chance of healing it with a lower BMI.
- Achilles tendon stretching is very important in keeping the pain from coming back.
Consider Plantar Fasciitis:
- Consider plantar fasciitis for the bottom of your heel pain.
- This is bottom of the heel pain.
- While the back of your heel is called Achilles tendinitis, you will usually experience both at the same time.
- If your Achilles tendon is tight, this usually puts more stress on your plantar fascia.
- Make sure that you relieve stress on your planner fashion so that you don’t develop a gigantic heel spur on the bottom of your foot.
6 Common Causes of Heel Pain:
- It is said that 10-40% of people in the world will have chronic heel pain.
- 93% of that is said to be plantar fasciitis.
- This is the most common cause of heel pain in the world.
- It is said that 44% of all foot clinic visits are related to a combination of plantar fasciitis.
- If you have bottom of the foot and heel pain during the morning, this is likely plantar fasciitis!
- This usually gets better after 10-20 morning steps, but then hurts the next morning.
- This is most common cause of pain in the back of the heel. It is possible to develop heel spur and rest soreness at the site the Achilles tendon inserts.
- It is also possible to have it about 2 to 6 cm above the heel bone (This is called middle of the Achilles tendon pain).
- It is also possible to strain the actual calf muscle, but at this point is not Achilles tendinitis not heel pain.
- This is perhaps the most important ended in the body in terms of bearing weight.
- Common in older people, common and those have had steroid injections, it is thought that he can start at 40 but it does continue on later in life.
- We see this most commonly is much older people such as 60s, 70s, 80s and higher.
- If you are younger, it is very unlikely that this is your problem.
- This is usually achy, burning pain that gets worse during the day.
- This is a very common condition that we see overall, and it does need to be treated effectively!
- This is increased pain while you are bearing weight.
- These are typical during running sports and repetitive shocked heel.
- It is tested by checking side to side squeeze of the heel bone.
- The calcaneal squeeze test is a very important test in confirming that heel stress fracture.
- Click on the above link to make sure this is not your problem!
5) Radiculopathy (Back Pain):
- If you have ever had a back injury or nerve injury to your spine, it is very possible that you may have radiculopathy pain.
- This can cause numbness, burning and tingling type pain.
- We see this very commonly in people who have soreness and pain to both feet.
- If you have a prior back injury or surgery, this may be your problem.
- Baxter’s nerve compression and entrapment is not the most common cause of heel nerve pain.
- Some sources even say Baxter’s nerve compression can be involved in up to 20% of heel pain cases!
- This can result in more night time pain, as well as pain during rest.
- If you have numbness, burning and tingling it may be a Baxter’s pinched nerve in the heel!