Diseases of the Foot

Gout

Disease and Heel Pain - Some general health conditions can cause heel pain:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of arthritis
  • Gout,
  • Inflamed bursa (bursitis), a small, irritated sack of fluid;
  • Neuroma (a nerve growth); or other soft-tissue growth.
  • Haglund's deformity ("pump bump") is a bone enlargement at the back of the heel bone, in the area where the achilles tendon attaches to the bone. .
  • Inflammation of the achilles tendon as it runs behind the ankle and inserts on the back surface of the heel bone. The inflammation is called achilles tendinitis.
  • Bone bruises are common heel injuries. A bone bruise or contusion is an inflammation of the tissues that cover the heel bone. A bone bruise is a sharply painful injury caused by the direct impact of a hard object or surface on the foot.
  • Stress fractures of the heel bone also can occur, although infrequently.
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