- heel bursitis (inflammation of the back of your heel)
- heel contusion (heel bruise)
- stress fracture of the heel bone
- tarsal tunnel syndrome (a pinched nerve)
- osteomyelitis (infection of the bone)
- bone spurs
- pins and needles
Anyone can suffer from heel pain, but certain groups seem to be at increased risk, including:
- Middle-aged men and women
- Physically active people
- People who are overweight or obese
- People who are on their feet for long periods of time
- Children aged between eight and 13 years (particularly boys)
- Women during pregnancy.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia. This is a ligament (a piece of strong, thin tissue) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It runs along the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and the inflammation causes heel pain and stiffness.
It is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which runs from your heel to your calf. This can be caused by tight calf muscles and overuse. It often causes pain behind your heel. It might hurt to rise to stand on your toes.
Bowen helps with relaxing tight muscles and tendons. Just like with the collection in the lower leg, ankle and foot. These can all be involved with pain in that area of the body. This relaxation gives space for inflammation to settle to help reduce pain.