heel pain

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Franz, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Franz

    Franz New User

    Mar 3, 2009
    I have no idea what could be causing this, specially since the pain is in such a weird spot but, my right heel hurts when i put pressure on it from the back of my foot. Not from the bottom, from the back, like if i were laying down and were to press down against something with it. it doesnt bother me in any aspect of life/tennis, its just worrisome i guess. i have an open stance forehand and one handed backhand so probably has something to do with it since my right leg is the pivot on those shots.... it's been like that for some time too and i'm only 19..... i do play like four hours a day....
  2. scotus

    scotus G.O.A.T.

    Jul 5, 2005
    Perhaps it's the achilles tendon?
  3. podge

    podge New User

    Jul 29, 2009
    Toronto, ON
    I have the same pain sometimes in my left ankle. I can't help you, though, because I don't know how to fix it. I always thought it was from my serve, but I don't really know
  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009

    The achilles tendon inserts into the heel bone (calcaneus) at the the back of the heel. When the achilles tendon is subject to too much stress, tendonitis can result. Usually that is a little higher than you describe, but it can be right where you seem to have it.

    The Mayo clinic site has a series of pages that discusses the potential consequenses of this condition, and how/why it needs to be treated: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/achilles-tendinitis/DS00737/DSECTION=when-to-seek-medical-advice

    Some of the most important information includes the following:

    "See your doctor if you experience persistent pain near the back of your heel in the area of your Achilles tendon, and especially if the pain doesn't markedly improve within one to two weeks despite self-care measures. See your doctor immediately if you experience signs or symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture."

    "When you place a large amount of stress on your Achilles tendon too quickly, it can become inflamed from tiny tears that occur during the activity. A sudden increase in a repetitive activity that involves the Achilles tendon can be to blame. A number of other factors can cause Achilles tendinitis, including:

    ■Improper conditioning. Achilles tendinitis is most common among athletes whose bodies aren't properly conditioned for their sport or activity. Inadequate flexibility and strength of the calf muscles can contribute to overload of the tendon. Frequent stops and starts during the activity, as well as activities that require repeated jumping — such as basketball or tennis — also can increase your risk of Achilles tendinitis.
    ■Too much, too soon. Achilles tendinitis resulting from overuse can occur when you begin a new exercise regimen. If you're just beginning a new exercise program, be sure to stretch before and after exercising, and start slowly, increasing your activity over time. Don't push yourself too quickly. If you're a runner, excessive hill running can contribute to Achilles tendinitis.
    ■Flattened arch. Flattening of the arch of your foot (excessive pronation) can place you at increased risk of developing Achilles tendinitis. This is because of the extra stress placed on you Achilles tendon when walking. If you have excessive pronation, be sure to wear shoes with appropriate support to avoid further aggravating your Achilles tendon. "

    "Achilles tendinitis can progress to a degenerative condition called Achilles tendinosis, in which the tendon begins to lose its organized structure, making the tendon weaker and more fibrous. Continued stress to your Achilles tendon could cause it to tear (rupture), which may require surgery to correct the damage"

    "To help prevent an Achilles tendon injury, gently stretch your Achilles tendon and calf muscles before taking part in physical activities. Perform stretching exercises slowly, stretching to the point at which you feel a noticeable pull, but not pain. Don't bounce during a stretch. To help the muscle and tendon absorb more force and avoid injury, try exercises that strengthen your calves.

    To further reduce your chance of developing Achilles tendon problems, follow these tips:

    ■Avoid activities that place excessive stress on your Achilles tendons, such as hill-running and jumping activities.
    ■If you notice pain during exercise, rest.
    ■If one exercise or activity causes you persistent pain, try another.
    ■Alternate high-impact sports, such as running, with low-impact sports, such as walking, biking or swimming.
    ■Maintain a healthy weight.
    ■Wear well-fitting athletic shoes with proper cushioning in the heels."
  5. apor

    apor Rookie

    May 16, 2008
    For all calf, achilles, and heel problems, there has only been one thing that has helped me- stretching. I have had all three issues, some of them so bad I could hardly walk. A stretch that will help is a yoga stretch called "down dog". It stretches pretty much everything from your feet to your back. A quick google search will give you enough to get started.

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