Is your heel pain really Heel Tendonitis?
You might have ankle tendonitis with heel pain, or a heel spur, or plantar fasciitis, or all of the above. But technically there is no tendonitis of the heel.
But if you have pain in the heel area, let's get that figured out and dealt with.
First, you have to know what the problem is.
The term 'heel tendonitis' is a misnomer.
Heel pain can come from a variety of directions.
To be heel tendinitis, there has to be a tendon involved.
There is ankle tendonitis...as the tendons from the lower leg come down around the the ankle to attach to the foot and toes.
But the heel itself doesn't really have tendons.
Ligaments and cartilage and connective tissue, yes, but no tendons.
So no tendonitis.
Having said that, heel pain is a real thing, and can be caused by any number of things, including tendonitis.
Any one of those (and any combination of those) can cause what feels like heel tendonitis.
Heel pain symptoms include (but are not limited to):
Heel Tendinitis, like Tendonitis found anywhere in the body, is caused by a -dynamic-.
Specifically, the Pain Causing Dynamic.
See: What Is Tendonitis?
Having said that, keep in mind that there aren't any heel tendons. But there are other, nearby tendons that are part of the problem.
So any symptoms you feel in the heel itself, aren't directly from 'tendon'-itis.
But the symptoms are caused by something.
Remember, symptoms have causes.
First, you have to identify what's really causing the pain.
If a doctor tells you that you have tendonitis of the heel, you need to find another doctor. You need more specific information.
You should definitely Quiz Your Doctor.
You need to know some specific things:
Every step you take involves the heel. But the heel bone is just a bone. It is controlled by muscle, and stabilized (or not) by connnective tissue.
The achilles can pull on it in one direction, and the plantar fascia can pull on it in the other.
Point being, it's rare that the heel itself is actually the problem.
Identify the cause of the symptom.
That gives you access to the treatment.
Inflammation pain? Learn How To Reduce Inflammation
Bone Spur? See: Heel Spur Treatment
Achilles Tendonitis? See: Reversing Achilles Tendonitis
Plantar Fasciitis? See: The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works
Heel tendonitis? Nope. tendon, no tendonitis.
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