Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Stress fracture of the heel

If you experience heel pain it may not always be the typical case of Plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures are common and can occur in healthy individuals without a history of any trauma to the foot. We most commonly see stress fractures in runners from over training. We also see stress fractures in middle age women who may have osteoporotic bone.
Pain presents in the inside and outside of the heel with swelling and pain. On examination there is pain upon compression of both sides of the heel bone.
Diagnosis of stress fractures starts with clinical examination and x-ray evaluation. In our offices we have digital x-ray technology that can quickly rule out a stress fracture of the heel bone.
Treatment involves immobilization in a cam walker boot for a period of 6-8 weeks.

Please keep in mind that if you do suffer from heel pain make sure you have your foot evaluated as soon as possible in order that you can be properly diagnosed and treated.

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