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Bringing Pain To Heel

The experience of pain at the back of the heel, especially when running uphill, may be due to Achilles tendon bursitis. This painful foot problem is common among athletes and exercisers, especially runners.

It involves inflammation of the retrocalcaneal bursa, which is located between the Achilles tendon and the calcaneus (heel bone). This small sac of fluid, which allows the tendon to move smoothly over the bone, can become inflamed after repeated trauma. Proper diagnosis is essential, because Achilles tendon bursitis is often mistaken for Achilles tendonitis. In fact, the two can occur together (Haglund's syndrome). Rest, cold therapy, ultrasound treatment and laser therapy can be used to effectively treat the condition, after which rehabilitation is recommended to help prevent recurrence.

Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing pain at the back of your heels. Here at our facility we provide physical therapy and rehabilitation, including an innovative treatment program for active seniors. Our treatments are personalized for your specific condition and physical goals. Don't let the pain slow you down! Call 949-429-3220 today. 

P. S. Achilles tendon bursitis commonly occurs among young women who wear shoes that taper sharply inward toward the posterior heel (such as high-heeled shoes).