A Calcaneal Stress Fracture is a common injury due to overuse in running athletes or soldiers. It is the second most common fracture of the foot. The calcaneus bone makes up the heel of the foot, located below the ankle joint, and is placed under various stress during weight-bearing activities. Treatment of a Calcaneal Stress Fracture often includes 6-8 weeks of rest, with an eventual and gradual return to sport or training.
What is it?
A Calcaneal Stress Fracture is a hairline fracture, defined as a small split or bruise, in the calcaneus, the heel bone.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Symptoms include pain at the heel, with gradual onset, and pain that gets worse in weight-bearing activities, such as walking, running, and jumping.
Assessments for a Calcaneal Stress Fracture include identifying pain levels and pain location, evaluating tenderness via application of direct pressure to the area, and testing strength and range of motion limits. An X-ray often confirms the diagnosis of a fracture.
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