The most common cause for a calaneal or heel bone stress fracture is trauma to your heel bone. Such as falling from high heights or a lot of force to your heel. In some cases constant repetitive use or over use can also cause a stress fracture.
Symptoms of Calcaneal stress fracture
With calcaneal stress fractures often comes pain. Pain that comes with fractures may not be felt right away but can take days to start feeling symptoms. In most calcaneal stress fracture cases causes the inability to walk or bear weight. Bruising and swelling may also occur around your heal and ankle.
Treating Calcaneal stress fracture
With any heel pain it is recommend to seek your podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and ensure a the fastest recovery time. Depending on the fracture podiatrist will recommend different treatment. Immobilizing your foot such as a cast or boot keeps the bone in place aiding in the healing process. It is very important to stay of your foot as much as possible to keep unwanted pressure to your calcaneal bone. This in combination of RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation helps reduce swelling and helps heal. Images such as X rays will be need to determine if surgery is required.
- Rest (stay off foot)
- compression (bandage)
It is important to know with any injury there may be complications. After healing a calcaneal stress fracture arthritis or other deformity may occur. This will cause unwanted pain and can only be corrected with surgery or foot wear that helps with arch support, such as orthotics or a brace. Consult your podiatrist to help prevent any unwanted issues and further complications. Physical therapy is often needed to help build strength back after recovering from surgery.