Heel Pain 101

Stress Fractures In the Heel

Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks in the bone or incomplete breaks and are commonly seen in the calcaneus (heel bone). Stress fractures are a very common sports injury. In fact, up to 15% of all sports injuries are stress fractures. Stress fractures can also be sustained due to improper footwear, deformities, abnormal foot structure or osteoporosis.  

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Treating Heel Calluses

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin. Generally, calluses on the foot will occur across the ball of the foot, on the outer side of the big toe, or on the heel. The callus is formed when the skin thickens in response to repeated pressure and friction as the shoe or ground rubs against a bone spur (a bony prominence) on the foot. Calluses are caused by small amounts of pressure and friction over long periods of time, while blisters or open sores are formed by a great deal of pressure and friction over a shorter amount of time. 

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