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Heel Injury Overview

Another name for Heel Injury is Foot Injury.

What is a foot injury?
A person with a foot injury has damage to the structures of the foot, caused by an injury. Foot injuries include foot contusion, foot sprain, and foot fracture.

What are the symptoms of a foot injury?
Symptoms of a foot injury depend on severity of injury. Symptoms of foot fractures include foot pain, foot swelling, foot tenderness, foot bruising, and foot or toe deformity. Other symptoms include difficulty walking, foot weakness, and foot numbness. Symptoms of a foot contusion include foot pain, foot swelling, foot tenderness, and bruising. Some may complain of foot numbness.

How does the doctor treat a foot injury?
Treatment depends on the type of foot injury. Treatment for a foot contusion may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, use of crutches, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain control. The treatment for foot fractures depends on the severity of the fracture. Treatment for foot fractures may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, use of crutches, cast or splint, narcotic pain medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Surgery may be required for some severe fractures.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Heel Injury References
  1. Burns J, Keenan AM, Redmond A. Foot type and overuse injury in triathletes. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2005 May-Jun;95(3):235-41. [15901809]
  2. Kunkel M, Miller SD. Return to work after foot and ankle injury. Foot Ankle Clin. 2002 Jun;7(2):421-8, viii. [12462119]
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