Heel Pain

Heel Bursitis

A bursa is a fluid filled sac whose function is to reduce friction between structures. Heel bursitis is caused by inflammation of one of the bursa found within the heel. This can either involve the retrocalcaneal (back of the heel) or subcutaneous Achilles bursa (Under the Achilles insertion). Trauma to the ankle, incorrect or poor fitting footwear and repetitive aggravating motion of the ankle can all cause irritation and inflammation to the bursa. Signs and symptoms: Noticeable pain during your end range...

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What Causes Heel Pain?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It usually involves pain at the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone (1). This fascia naturally stretches during standing and walking. The fascia can only stretch so far, but if the tension continues to increase within the fascia, it stiffens. (3) Under normal circumstances, the plantar fascia acts like a shock absorber for your foot, but, if the tension on the plantar fascia exceeds the limits of the...

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