Posterior Heel Pain

Posterior Heel Pain: The most common causes are posterior heel spurs, Achilles tendinitis excess bone. This can cause pain during walking and running!


Posterior Heel Pain Causes:

  • The most common causes of posterior heel pain are 4 things!
  • Click On The Titles For Treatment!


1)Achilles Heel Pain:

Achilles Heel Pain
Posterior achilles heel pain is the #1 most common cause of pain! This is due to overuse in sports and running. It may be painful to stand on your tippy toes!
  • This is almost always due to Achilles tendinitis.
  • The Achilles tendon connects your calf to the back of the heel,
  • It is the strongest tendon in the body.
  • It is responsible for pushing off with your foot.
  • Repetitive pushing off (usually in runners and basketball players) can lead to stress!
  • This can happen to any athlete, even people who walk or stand for long periods of time!

Posterior Achilles Heel Pain Symptoms:

  • This will will hurt to stand on your tippy toes.
  • It will be painful at the back of the heel.
  • There can be redness and swelling.
  • It is worse in the morning and before activity, but gets better with 15-20 mins of motion!


2)Posterior Heel Spur Or Calcification:

Posterior Heel Spur
A posterior heel spur can is very common after untreated Achilles inflammation. This happens because the constant pull of the tendon cause bone to form over years!
  • This is a progressed stage of Achilles tendinitis.
  • Eventually the insertion of the Achilles can form bone.
  • This infiltrates the Achilles tendon due to light bleeding that turns to bone.

Posterior Heel Spur Calcification Symptoms:

  • Same as Achilles heel pain or tendinitis.
  • Except now you can feel a posterior heel spur.


3)Bursitis Heel Pain:

Posterior Heel Pain Causes
Bursitis is a major cause of posterior heel pain. The symptoms and treatment are very similar to Achilles tendinitis.
  • A bursa is a gel sack that decreases friction.
  • This allows the Achilles tendon to glide against the bone and skin.
  • If the bursa become irritated, it will swell and become inflamed.
  • This is essentially the same as Achilles tendinitis.

Posterior Bursitis Heel Pain Symptoms:

  • This will will hurt to stand on your tippy toes.
  • It will be painful at the back of the heel.
  • There can be redness and swelling.
  • It is worse in the morning and before activity, but gets better with 15-20 mins of motion!


4) Hagland’s Bump Posterior Heel Pain:

Hagland's Bump Posterior Heel Pain
A Hagland’s bump presents similar to Achilles tendinitis, but it is just a little bit above the Achilles tendon. There may not be severe inflammation.
  • This is excess smooth bone at the back of the heel.
  • This is just above the Achilles tendon insertion.
  • This can rub against the back of the shoe and cause pain.
  • It essentially impinges on the skin.
  • This is more likely in high arched feet.
  • Very likely in women with high heels.

Hagland’s Bump Posterior Heel Pain Symptoms:

  • Can stand on tippy toes unlike Achilles tendinitis without pain.
  • This feels like a giant lump of bone on the back of the heel.
  • It is very noticeable.
  • It will rub against the back of the shoe.
  • It can cause numbness, burning and tingling due to nerve impingement.


Posterior Heel Pain Running:

Posterior Heel Pain Running
Posterior heel pain after running is most commonly tendinitis! Start treating it before it causes calcification!
  • Posterior heel pain after running is most commonly achilles tendinitis!
  • The second most common cause is posterior heel bursitis.
  • Either way, they are both treated exactly the same!
  • So click on either one and start healing your posterior heel pain after running!




Posterior Heel Pain Treatment:

Click on the individual causes for posterior heel pain treatment!

Posterior Heel Pain Treatment
Posterior Heel Pain Treatment can be found by clicking on the links above!


If the bottom of your foot hurts:

The Back Of The Heel Pain Diagnosis Guide!



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