Black heel (Talon noir)

How do you get it?
Sporting activities involving repeated jumping or sudden stopping and turning, such as in basketball. These activities can cause tiny blood vessels in the skin to shear and rupture.

What are the symptoms?
Small discrete bruise-like patches or dots usually on the back or side of the heel. There is usually no pain or discomfort.

No treatment is required. It should get better by itself. If it is not improving or there are any unusual features about the lesion you must contact your doctor.

Further information

This article published on
25 November 2005

Next review date 11/1/2013


First aid
Sports injuries
Skin, hair and bones

Areaof the body

Legs, knees, ankles, feet

Male or female?


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