CALCANEAL STRESS FRACTURE

A Calcaneal Stress Fracture is a Painful Condition that affects the Heel Bone. Although not really broken, the heel can surely feel that way especially during walking. A deep bone bruise occurs as a consequence of repetitive micro-trauma to the heel bone from excessive physical activity.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Insidious, gradual onset heel pain.
  • Heel may appear red, warm or bruised
  • Pain is made worse by weight bearing activities.
  • Pain is reproduced by squeezing the back of the heel from both sides.
  • Often an X-ray of the injured bone will not show any sign of fracture until the fracture has actually started to heal (2-3 weeks later). It is also possible that a stress fracture will not appear on an X-ray at all. If a stress fracture is suspected then you should rest completely for 6-8 weeks. Crutches can be helpful.


WHAT CAN THE ATHLETE DO ABOUT IT?

  • See a Podiatrist experienced in with Sports Injuries
  • Rest and Get Off the Foot
  • Ice the Foot
  • Seek Quick Medical Attention to Prevent More Serious Injury


WHAT A SPORTS INJURY SPECIALIST OR PODIATRIST CAN DO?

  • Thorough evaluation and precise expertise treatment protocols
  • Foot and Ankle X-rays to Access Severity of Condition
  • Advanced Diagnostics: Ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI,Bone Scan
  • Immobilize in Walking Boot
  • Non Weight Bearing in a Fiberglass Cast
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
  • Long Term Prevention Protocols to Avoid Recurrence