Q What is causing the pain in the back of my foot?
The heel is most likely the source of pain in the back of your foot. Designed to provide support and absorb the impact when our foot strikes the ground, it can hurt for several reasons.
One of the most common causes is an injury called plantar fasciitis, where the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches to the heel bone is strained and inflamed. Your symptoms may be due to pressure from footwear, which can cause bursitis. A sac of fluid at the back of the heel called a bursa can become irritated and inflamed. Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which involves a pinched nerve at the back of the foot, is another cause for heel pain. A damaged Achilles tendon may also be the root of your symptoms.
With so many factors involved, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so you receive the right treatment. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger.