Most commonly, calcaneal apophysitis is an overuse injury due to stress on the heel bone. The heel’s growth plate is sensitive to repeated pounding on hard surfaces, resulting in muscle strain and inflamed tissue.
Joel M. Lerner, DPM
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- What causes calcaneal apophysitis?
How is arthritis of the midfoot diagnosed?
In order to diagnose arthritis of the midfoot, the doctor will examine your foot and may order imaging studies. Weight-bearing x-rays can demonstrate loss of joint space in the midfoot joints, which is characteristic of arthritis.
What's involved in rehabilitation for an ankle sprain?
Rehabilitation is used to help decrease pain and swelling and to prevent chronic ankle problems. Ultrasound and electrical stimulation may also be used as needed to help with pain and swelling. At first, rehabilitation exercises may involve active range of motion or controlled movements of the ankle joint without resistance. Water exercises may be used if land-based strengthening exercises, such as toe raising, are too painful. Lower-extremity exercises and endurance activities are added as tolerated. Proprioception training is very important, because poor proprioception is a major cause of repeat sprain and an unstable ankle joint. Once you are pain-free, you may add other exercises, such as agility drills. The goal is to increase strength and range of motion as balance improves over time. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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