Managing the patient with heel pain

Bhatty, Usman N, Khan, Shah HM and Zubairy, Aamir I (2019) Managing the patient with heel pain. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 80 (4). pp. 196-200. ISSN 1750-8460

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Heel pain presents frequently to primary care, commonly affecting athletic and elderly patients. Its presentation can be a common source of confusion for clinicians given the wide variety of differential diagnoses and the similarities in presenting symptoms and signs. This review classifies heel pain according to site of pain and explores the common pathologies clinicians may encounter. A brief summary of common imaging modalities used is provided. The literature is reviewed to guide evidence-based practice and to provide a framework to help clinicians investigate and manage heel pain before onward referral for specialist intervention. A linked article detailing the imaging of heel pain is included in this issue (

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