Sharp pain on back of heel

I’ve been experiencing a strange sharp pain on the back of my heel. It is where my foot is not making contact with the ground. If I put my weight on my foot and attempt to raise my toes off the ground thereby rolling my heel to where the area I’m experiencing the pain starts to make contact with the ground, it results in a very sharp pain. Once I remove the pressure the pain quickly dissipates and I’m left with a little discomfort. Could this be a heel spur issue or something with the Achilles tendon or something else? Appreciate any feedback. I can’t find anything online addressing the back of the heel specifically. Additional note, I have dealt with Plantar Faciitis on the same foot in the past but hasn’t been an issue in a year or two.

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    Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like it could be a combination of your plantar fascia or Achilles tendon are both of these structures are actually connected to the other. I would start by myofascially releasing your calves and plantar foot for 10 minutes every day with a lacrosse ball or foam roller. Avoid dynamic movement for a period of 2 weeks (this includes running & jumping) and wear shoes that are not completely flat. If you feel the pain persists after 2 weeks of the above then I’d see a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you for chronic changes in these structures or biomechanical imbalances which are leading to the pain. I hope this helps!

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