What is heel?

  • (noun): The lower end of a ship's mast.
    See also — Additional definitions below


In human anatomy, the heel is the prominence at the posterior end of the foot. It is based on the projection of one bone, the calcaneus or heel bone, behind the articulation of the bones of the lower leg.

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Some articles on heel:

Calcaneal Fracture - Clinical Presentation
... The most common symptom is pain over the heel area, especially when the heel is palpated or squeezed ... The heel may also become widened with associated edema due to displacement of lateral calcaneal border ...
Spinning Heel Kick
... Spinning heel kick is a martial arts kicking technique where the artist turns his/her body 360 degrees before landing the heel or the ball of his/her foot on the target ...
Achilles Heel (hill)
... Achilles Heel (64°30′S 63°38′W / 64.500°S 63.633°W / -64.500 -63.633Coordinates 64°30′S 63°38′W / 64.500°S 63.633°W / -64.500 -63.633) is a snow-covered hill ... public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Achilles Heel" (content from the Geographic Names Information System) ...
Heel, Netherlands
... Heel ( pronunciation) is a town in the southeastern Netherlands ... it was a separate municipality covering Heel, Panheel, Beegden and Wessem ... the official name of the municipality was Heel en Panheel ...
Haglund's Deformity - Treatment
... These exercises are especially important for the patient who has a tight heel cord ... Heel lifts ... Patients with high arches may find that heel lifts placed inside the shoe decrease the pressure on the heel ...

More definitions of "heel":

  • (verb): Tilt to one side.
    Example: "The wind made the vessel heel"
    Synonyms: list
  • (noun): (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft.
  • (noun): The back part of the human foot.
  • (verb): Perform with the heels.
    Example: "Heel that dance"
  • (verb): Put a new heel on.
    Example: "Heel shoes"
    Synonyms: reheel
  • (noun): One of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread.
  • (noun): The bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground.
  • (verb): Strike with the heel of the club.
    Example: "Heel a golf ball"
  • (verb): Follow at the heels of a person.
  • (noun): The piece of leather that fits the heel.
    Synonyms: counter

Famous quotes containing the word heel:

    What do I care
    that the stream is trampled,
    the sand on the stream-bank
    still holds the print of your foot:
    the heel is cut deep.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)

    Fair is the world.
    I sing. The ache
    up from heel to knee
    of the weights
    gives to the song its
    ground bass.
    Denise Levertov (b. 1923)