Hi, we’re going to talk about pain in the back of the heel today. So what we’re talking about is pain at the very back portion of the heel. We’re not really talking about the Achilles tendinitis and if we look over here at this picture here’s the Achilles tendon coming in attaching into the back of the heel. If you have pain up in this area, do a search for our page. Go to the website, do a search for Achilles tendinitis, and you’ll find another tutorial and a lot of information on that.
Really what we’re talking about now is pain right at the back of the heel. So there’s a few things that will cause pain in this area. Certainly, you can have an inflammation of the Achilles tendon where it attaches in here. There’s what’s called the bursa between the bone and the tendon that acts as a little bit of cushiony. That can become inflamed, and sometimes this bone will become enlarged itself trapping that tendon between the shoe and the bone. So when we try and treat pain at the back of the heel, there’s a couple.
Of things we need to do. Number one, certainly we need to get rid of the inflammation. So we might use ice, we might use some antiinflammatory medications. We’re very resistant to do any sort of injection in that area that can weaken the Achilles tendon and that’s certainly something you don’t want to do. In addition, we want to get pressure off of this area. So you get pressure off of it by choosing shoes appropriately, doing some stretching on shoes, and sometimes we’ll do a little modification of the shoe to get pressure away from this area. Will.
How to Treat Pain on the Back of the Heel with Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin
Often use some sort of orthotic device that will stop the foot from moving so much. That decreases friction against the back of the heel. So friction it’ll play a big role there, and sometimes we’ll put special patches that decrease friction on the back of a shoe to stop friction in this area. Rarely, but sometimes if the bone is enlarged, we do have to go in surgically and make that bone somewhat smaller so that the tendon and the bone is not trapped against the shoe. Surgery should always be your very,.