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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Apr;200(4):845-55. doi: 10.2214/AJR.12.8824.

MRI of heel pain.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St, PO Box 208057, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.

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  • AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Aug;201(2):462.



The purpose of this article is to review the normal anatomy of the posterior ankle and hindfoot and review the causes of heel pain, with attention to the clinical, radio-graphic, and MRI findings.


Heel pain is a common problem that may be due to a variety of soft-tissue and osseous abnormalities. Knowledge of the anatomy of the posterior ankle and hind-foot offers a useful way in approaching heel pain. Some of the more common causes include Achilles tendinosis, Haglund phenomenon, and plantar fasciitis. MRI offers superior soft-tissue contrast resolution and can be helpful in diagnosis as well as in presurgical planning.

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