Heel Pain

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. We explain the symptoms, causes, treatment and exercises as well as any products which may help you recover from injury in the fastest possible time. Select from the options below or if you do not know what your injury is then visit our symptom checker.

The heel is an area that is often injured by athletes and people who do a lot of running. Overuse, repetitive impacts and biomechanical issues such as overpronation and supination are at the root of many heel injuries. Here we explain the most common causes, less common causes and more serious injuries which should not be missed.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of pain under the heel. Symptoms come on gradually and are often worse first thing in the morning, but ease a little when the foot is warmed up. Here we explain everything you need to know about curing Plantar Fasciitis including treatment, taping, exercises, sports massage and more.

Bruised Heel

A bruised heel, also known as Policeman's Heel, is a common cause of heel pain. It is usually caused by overuse, resulting in damage to the soft tissues or bone under the heel, but can also occur suddenly from a heavy landing or impact. Here we explain the causes and treatment, including taping, to help you recover in the shortest possible time.

Sever's Disease

Sever's disease mainly affects active children aged 8 to 15 years old and causes pain at the back of the heel. Overuse is often a contributing factor, but if managed correctly, it 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.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that causes a burning pain in the foot. The pain often radiates into the arch of the foot with pins and needles sometimes being felt. The injury is caused by pressure on a nerve which passes along the inside of the ankle. Here we explain the symptoms, treatment and exercises to help cure tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Calcaneal Stress Fracture

A calcaneal stress fracture is a hairline fracture calcaneus or heel bone. It is usually caused by overuse and is more common in soldiers who march long distances and road runners. Treatment involves resting for 6 to 8 weeks followed by a gradual return to full training and fitness.

Heel Spur

A heel spur is a hooked bony growth protruding from the calcaneus or heel bone. It often occurs alongside plantar fasciitis, and as such the two conditions are often confused. However, they are not the same. Treatment involves rest, reducing symptoms with ice or cold therapy, stretching and correcting any biomechanical problems.

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.

Lateral Plantar Nerve Entrapment

Lateral plantar nerve entrapment causes pain that radiates to the inside of the ankle and lower into the heel, along the path of the nerve. Treatment involves rest and identifying and correcting the underlying cause of the injury.

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