Swollen heel

Swelling on the heel is usually swelling at the back of the heel where the achilles tendon inserts. Achilles swelling can be from a tendonopathy or a tear of the posterior structures. Sever’s disease can also cause swelling in some circumstances and a heel spur can occur.

The retrocalcaneal bursae can also cause a swollen heel when there is a bursitis injury. Swelling under the heel can also occur in cases of plantar fasciitis and a ruptured plantar fascia. Injuries that causes the heel to swell are listed below:
  • Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar Fasciitis

    What is plantar fasciitis? Probably the most common cause of heel pain. Symptoms come on gradually and are often worse first thing in the morning. The plantar fascia is the tissue under the foot which forms the arch. Treatment includes rest, reducing pain and inflammation and stretching exercises.

  • Calcaneal Fracture

    Calcaneal Fracture

    A broken heel or fractured calcaneus bone is usually caused by falling or jumping from a height resulting in severe heel pain. It can also occur from road accidents or bike accidents. It is also possible for the calcaneus or heel bone to suffer a stress fracture in athletes such as long-distance runners which may come on more gradually.

  • 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.