Calcaneal Stress Fracture
A stress fracture of the calcaneus bone (calcaneal stress fracture) is the second most common stress fracture in the foot. The calcaneus (heel bone) is subjected to a lot of load when taking part in sport. The heel is generally the first part of the foot to hit the ground when running and also has the Achilles tendon pulling on the bone, so we expect a lot from that bone.
A stress fracture occurs in a bone when the cumulative load applied to the bone exceeds what the bone is adapted to taking. It is an overuse injury. Bone is a remarkable tissue and can be adapted to high loads, provided any increases in loads take place slowly and gradually. If the increases in load are slow and gradual then the bone can adapt to. A stress fracture in bone will typically occur when the loads increase too quickly. ..[read more]