Heel pain after injury

I had a fall from my bicycle on Sunday. The ankle swelled up but I was able to pedal back to the car, 7 miles. By that night walking on the foot was extremely painful but the swelling wasn’t horrible and no bruising. Xrays showed no fracture.

Now it is Friday. The pain has centralized to mostly my heel on the bottom and up my heel and outside of calf. I have a weird dent in the skin above the ankle. The pain is throbbing and hurts like I have something in my heel poking. It seems like the more I am on my feet the worse the pain becomes and nothing seems to help but 800 of motrin. It just throbs.

When I fell from my bike I think I came down hard on the foot as I was doing a turn and the wheel went into a hole and I put my foot out to stop the fall.

Is this all from the sprain and why is it getting so much worse and why mostly in the heel now. I have to work the rest of the week and it is getting harder and harder.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Without examining you it is difficult for me to say exactly what may be causing your pain.

    Having said that, it sounds like you may have a bone bruise. Although X-rays will not necessarily pick up a hairline/stress fracture, they do not show an acute fracture. If there is no bone pathology, it is possible that it is a soft tissue injury that is going through the healing stages.

    If you are continuing to put pressure on the stressed tissue, you will further stress it and the pain will increase. Is it possible for you to wear a surgical shoe or camwalker while at work? I would also suggest you keep your foot in a compressive dressing such as an ACE bandage and ice nightly. If it is just a sprain or bone bruise I would give it a good 10 – 14 days for the inflammation to decrease and the tissue to repair itself.

    If the pain persists I would see you Doctor again for re-evaluation. I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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