Back of the heel pain

Pain at the back of the foot or back of heel pain, also known as Achilles heel pain is usually a gradual onset injury. The most common are Sever's disease which affects children, insertional Achilles tendonitis, Achilles tendonopathy or Achilles bursitis.

Pain in this area can be acute, subacute or chronic and are treated in different ways. A loading programme maybe necessary to reverse the injury, which can be eccentric in nature or alternatively isometric. A heavy isometric loading program maybe necessary in the sports situation to reverse the pain cycle and allow healing to occur. In an acute situation rest maybe necessary or coupled with a PRICE program (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to decrease the inflammatory process.
  • Sever's Disease

    Sever's Disease

    Sever's disease is mainly a cause of heel pain in kids affecting active children aged 8 to 15 years old. Pain at the back of the heel from overuse that if managed correctly, is something the young athlete should grow out of. Rest is an essential part of treatment along with ice or cold therapy and managing training loads.

  • Achilles Bursitis

    Achilles Bursitis

    Achilles tendon bursitis, also known as Retrocalcaneal bursitis is a common foot pain in athletes, particularly runners. It can often be mistaken for Achilles tendonitis or can also occur in conjunction with Achilles tendonitis.

  • Haglund's Syndrome

    Haglund's Syndrome

    When retrocalcaneus bursitis exists at the same time as Achilles tendonitis in the same leg, this is known as Haglund's Syndrome. We explain the symptoms and possible treatment options available.

  • Heel Pain

    Heel injuries can be acute, meaning they have happened suddenly or are acutely painful. Or they can chronic, occurring gradually over time or result from an initial acute injury which has not healed properly. The most common causes of pain under the heel are Plantar Fasciitis and Bruised Heel whilst pain at the back of the heel in children is more likely to be Sever's disease. Select from the injuries below or if you do not know what your injury is then visited our symptom checker, or click on any of the symptoms below to view injuries with that particular symptom.