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Bruised Heel Bone

Anyone have any experience with this?

I started out from an overweight position, but have lifted plenty in the past. I have some vibram five-fingers for lifting that I decided to go sprinting on some pavement one day, and a week later couldn’t walk up the stairs in my house without screeching in pain. Went to the doc, was told I had no fractures but had bruised the bones of my heels, particularly my left one. Was told I should stay off my feet as much as possible and it would be healed up in 12 weeks. Well it’s over 4 months later and my heels, still particularly my left one, are still killing me when I’m on them for more than an hour a day, even in sneakers with tons of heel padding. I’m at my wit’s end. Have scheduled another doc’s appointment. Anybody have any experience with this?

Thanks in advance, would appreciate any advice. It’s also killing me to not squat for so many months. I’m getting so weak it’s pathetic.

I got the same thing playing semipro football in DC… the spikes had terrible heel cushion and I bruised it like you…couldnt walk almost at all…was a wide receiver. So I went and got some very strong dense and thin foam…then cut it out like a heel shape and put it in my shoes all day…And I had to stop jumping and running after the season…It got better finally. There are gel heel pads and there are thicker sole pads…you can cut them to size and put one or both in your shoes. Dont even think about running barefoot through the house or running up the stairs!! haha

did you ever think that it isn’t a heel bruise, but it is plantar fasciitis? People often confuse PF with heel spurs or a stone bruise , the burning doesn’t always happen in the mid arch, but the point of attachment for the fascia upon the calcaneous. hurts like a mother when you walk barefoot on hard surfaces or even with cushion. just an idea.

[quote]EllisUFC wrote:
did you ever think that it isn’t a heel bruise, but it is plantar fasciitis? People often confuse PF with heel spurs or a stone bruise , the burning doesn’t always happen in the mid arch, but the point of attachment for the fascia upon the calcaneous. hurts like a mother when you walk barefoot on hard surfaces or even with cushion. just an idea. [/quote]

Good point, if he tried to stay off his feet for long periods of time, his calves may have gotten tight, so now they are pulling on his plantar fascia whenever he in standing position.

OP, do you have heel pain when bearing weight first thing in the morning? How is your calf flexibility?