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1. the hindmost part of the foot; called also calx.
2. the hindmost portion of an elongated structure, or something else comparable to the heel of the foot.
Thomas heel a shoe correction consisting of a heel one half inch longer and an eighth to a sixth of an inch higher on the inside; used to bring the heel of the foot into varus and to prevent depression in the region of the head of the talus.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Proximal portion of the plantar surface of the foot.
2. Synonym(s): calx (2)
3. Synonym(s): distal end
[A.S. hēla]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


a. The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle.
b. The corresponding part of the hind foot of other vertebrates.
c. A similar anatomical part, such as the fleshy rounded base of the human palm or the hind toe of a bird.
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, pl. calces (kalks, kal'sēz)
1. Synonym(s): lime (1) .
2. The posterior rounded extremity of the foot.
Synonym(s): heel (1) .
[L. limestone]

dis·tal end

(dis'tăl end)
The posterior extremity of a dental appliance.
Synonym(s): heel (2) .
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. Proximal portion of plantar surface of foot.
2. Synonym(s): calx (2) .
3. Synonym(s): distal end.
[A.S. hēla]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about heel

Q. Is there any good source for heel pain relief, besides NSAIDs? My heel pain is most severe at night when I sleep. It's as if the way I position my feet worsen the condition, but I'm at a loss to know how to position my feet. During the day my heels feel so but don't typically bother me.

A. I have found that keeping my feet flexed (the position they are in when standing) helps ease the pain of plantar facitis. I also don't let my feet get cold(wear socks)and keep heavy blankets and quilts off the feet. Placing a box under the covers at the foot of the bed will help keep the blankets up. Do try the exercises recommended on the above web sites. It usually resolves in about 6 months. Best wishes!

Q. I had sugery on a fractured heel what is the recovery process? Wanting to meet people who are going thru this now or have already recovered from this injury. What should I expect?

A. Hey doyen_98, I was wondering how the recovery was coming along. How long ago have you had the surgery?

Q. anyone knows how to stop hard skin on the feet from becoming cracked??? during summer my feet got lots of hard skin and in the heel area the skin actually got cracked kinda deep. it hurts now and the cracks are starting to get infected I guess... do u guys know how to solve this?? I know there are some creams for that but I thought maybe now it's too late for that and I need something stronger?

A. There are good creams for moisterizing the skin of your feet on a daily basis, however now that you feel they might be infected you should see a dermatologist for some better treatment.

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Use it any time this garbage is recycled and let Ladbrokes, Hills and Corals know there's one way they can be brought to heel - don't give them your business.
Despite promises to maintain its distinct political voice, most media observers agree that NTV has been brought to heel. While the Putin administration still comes in for some criticism, the president himself is mostly off-limits.
There is also the frequent reference to Iraq as a "rogue state" that must be carefully monitored and brought to heel lest it turn on its neighbors, if not the rest of the world.
Forcing her father-in-law to dress in rags, physically thrashing the pregnant concubine and driving her brother-in-law to suicide, this virago is brought to heel after Ma administers a "Remasculinization Medicine" to the hen-pecked husband.
He said without seizing a single TV station the entire media had been brought to heel. The vast damage done could be seen in the media exercising self-censorship, the journalists threatened and abducted.
Integrating a biomedical approach with an emphasis on the importance of good nutrition, decent housing, and human welfare will be necessary if the disease is to be brought to heel. The global community must work together and translate existing knowledge and strategies into effective programmatic interventions in communities most afflicted by TB.
It's also time that policy-making, sandal-wearing, liberalist, bleeding hearts who help to create these glaring injustices were brought to heel and made accountable, given that a lot of them are paid public servants.
The banks still haven't been permanently brought to heel. Unemployment is still a shocking burden for families without a real income.
It has been brought to heel. We are left with government by lobbies--the weapons industry, Big Pharma, AIPAC, the teachers unions--whose representatives pay Congress to do things against the public interest.