Stress fractures can result from a number of reasons. Most common causes for stress fractures are decreased bone density, post-op complications from a foot surgery, and athletic training error / overuse injury in athletes, dancers, and “weekend warriors.” It typically occurs in the second metatarsal…. The longest of all central foot bones and the one subject to the most loading forces. Since the second metatarsal tends to carry more of the body’s weight during athletic and dance activities, the increase in pressure results in osteoclastic activity and compensatory osteoblastic activity becoming imbalanced.
ACHILLES TENDINITIS is, as implied, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This tendon is the largest and strongest tendon within the body and it is an extension of the gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris muscle (calf muscles) with insertion into the calcaneus (heel bone). Its location gives us the ability to rise on our toes therefore aiding in walking, running and jumping. Without the Achilles tendon, we won’t be able to generate propulsive power while walking or running. There are times when this tendon may undergo infection or trauma and result in inflammation but typically, inflammation problems associated with the Achilles are due to chronic overuse, athletic training error or arthritis.
A very common complaint presented by patients to their podiatrist is that of heel pain. It is caused by a variety of conditions but this blog will discuss heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition associated with heel pain, especially in athletes, dancers and individuals within the ages of 40-60. It causes a mild discomfort to an aggressive form of pain in the plantar aspect of the foot- in the area of the heel.
- Posted in Heel Pain
- Comments Off on Heel Pain