Back of Heel Pain
OOne of the causes of pain at the back of the heel is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon (Achilles tendonitis). The Achilles tendon is a strong band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It is important in moving the foot during walking.
How can it be caused by excess pronation? When there is excess pronation the foot rolls over towards the inside as the foot flattens to the ground. As a result the heel bone can start to tilt outwards and this can but stress on the part of the Achilles tendon that is attached to it. It can also be caused by overuse, perhaps by doing a lot of exercise, and can be caused by injury.
What does it feel like? The Achilles’ tendon can become visibly swollen and tender to the touch, just above the heel bone. Standing on your tiptoes can also be painful.
Scholl Orthaheel Orthotic Inserts can help reduce excess pronation, and will elevate the heel. This can help reduce the forces and strains affecting the Achilles tendon, and may help relieve the pain at the back of the heel.