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Heel Pain

What Can Cause Heel Pain?

Heel pain pain is a very common presentation at The London Foot and Ankle Clinic.

It can cause severe discomfort, restrict sports and exercise and significantly affect quality of life.

While plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon problems account for most cases of heel pain, there are many other conditions that can result in similar symptoms.

Many patients with chronic symptoms who fail to respond to treatment may have other pathology present as well. At The London Foot and Ankle Clinic we make sure to make the right diagnosis.

The following are causes of “heel pain”:

Degenerative or overuse conditions

Neurological causes

  • Disc prolapse and sciatica
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Nerve entrapment i.e. lateral calcaneal nerve (Baxters nerve entrapment)


  • Calcaneal fracture
  • Calcaneal stress lesion (reaction within the bone, but no fracture)
  • Fat pad trauma
  • Soft-tissue contusion/bruising


  • Bone tumours
  • Soft tissue tumours

For symptoms, investigations and treatment please find further information under the specific condition page.

An x-ray showing the common causes of heel pain

Common causes of heel pain