Foot healed. Heel hurts. Help heel heal?
April 17, 2013 8:17 AM Subscribe
I broke a metatarsal in my foot last September, and (without a follow-up X-ray, which I really should do at some point), it seems better. My heel
, however, hurts like the dickens. What's up, foot?
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The break was near the top of the little-toe metatarsal on my left foot, and seemed very reluctant to heal -- I spent a few months on crutches with little result, more time with a cane with little result, and finally when I got referred to an orthopedic specialist he said "drop the cane and the crutches and the post-op shoe and just act normally, I want to encourage your foot to heal on its own."
That was at the end of last November. I haven't felt much pain in the broken part of the foot since then. I went for a test run of 3 km this morning, and the front-of-foot feels more or less fine.
But when I spend any amount of time walking, and especially after my run today, putting pressure on my heel is painful. Not screaming agony, but wince-with-every step, limp-slowly painful. It lessens if I walk consistently for a few minutes, and becomes more acute if I rest for a while and then get up (getting coffee at work, for instance).
I figure that this is due to the muscles in my heel atrophying or something. I know that I've lost all the running/walking callous on my left foot -- all the dead skin just sloughed off after a few months of non-use when I was on crutches -- and my foot is now remarkably smooth and soft compared to my right foot. But I'd like some reassurance (or dire warnings, if appropriate) about why my heel hurts so darn much when it seems like the rest of the foot is healing up more or less fine.