Heel pain is a common foot problem. Pain usually occurs under the heel or just behind it, where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone
Causes of Heel Pain
Conditions that cause heel pain generally fall into two main categories: pain beneath the heel and pain behind the heel.
Pain Beneath the Heel
Plantar fasciitis : One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is causes due to the inflammation of the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Pain due to plantar fasciitis can be felt in the heel or the arch and is usually worst in the morning. The first step coming out of bed is usually the most painful one.
Heel spur : When plantar fasciitis continues for a long time, a heel spur (calcium deposit) may form where the fascia tissue band connects to your heel bone.
What is Ankle Pain?
Ankle Pain refers to any type of pain or discomfort in your ankles. This pain could be caused by an injury, like a sprain, or by a medical condition, such as arthritis.
Causes of Ankle Pain
Ankle Sprains : An ankle sprain is an injury to the bands of ligaments that surround and connect the bones of the leg to the foot. The injury typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bones and joints together.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) : RA is a chronic disease of the joints that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, the thin membrane that lines the joints. The result can be joint damage, pain, swelling, inflammation, loss of function and disability. In about 90% patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the joints of the feet are ankles are affected.
Gout : Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when excess uric acid, a bodily waste product circulating in the bloodstream, is deposited as needle-shaped monosodium urate crystals in tissues of the body, including the joints.