With marathons like The Graffiti Run (Galveston, February 23) and the Neon Splash Dash (Reliant Park, March 22) coming up, the last place you want to be is sidelined by a heel fracture. If you aren’t training properly, though, that’s exactly where you might end up.
A fracture may be one of several kinds, and the type you receive directly affects your healing time. A stable fracture is quick to recover from, because the bones are still in place. A comminuted fracture (when the bone shatters in three or more places) or an open fracture (when the skin is punctured) will take much longer to heal and will likely result in more permanent damage.
One of the most common causes of heel fractures is overuse. Bones need time to rest in between training sessions; otherwise the repeated stress can cause splintering. A gait problem can also be the culprit. Gait analysis can tell you a lot about why a broken heel might have occurred. Unfortunately, by this point the damage is usually done, and you may be off your feet for at least 6 weeks. Fortunately, there are physical therapy exercises and orthotics that can be used to avoid a serious problem.
If something doesn’t feel right while you’re running, get your feet checked out. Call Dr. Marco Vargas and Dr. Joyce Lee at 888-784-5335 or schedule an appointment online. At Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston we never want you to suffer the needless pain of a heel fracture. Call now and let us keep you in the race!
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