What is a calcaneal stress fracture?
The big heel bone at the back of the foot is called the calcaneus. Fractures can occur in the bone through excessive pounding. For example soldiers or road runners are prone to this injury.
Symptoms ofÃÂ a stress fracture in the calcaneus include heel pain which sets in slowly and gradually. Pain increases with weight bearing and squeezing the back of the heel from both sides causes the same pain as experienced on weight bearing.
If stress fractures are suspected then you should see medical attention to confirm the diagnosis. Although 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). Rest completely for 6-8 weeks. Crutches can be helpful to avoid or reduce weight bearing. When the bone has healed you can gradually return to sport, but be aware that doing too much too soon can cause the stress fracture to return!