Pain-free Living Blog with Julie Donnelly

Bone Bruise Causes Deep Pain in Heel

A bone bruise is ugly…it takes (what seems like) FOREVER to heal!  I used to run a lot and, thanks to knowing how to self-treat, I never really had any problems.  Oh, I definitely did get repetitive strain injuries, but I would treat the muscles immediately and it would quickly clear up.  Then I did a silly movement and my heel slipped off a curb and came crashing down on the pavement.  I didn’t even do it while running….I was just walking and not paying attention to where I was going.  I wish I’d been running, the heel of my running shoes would have prevented the injury, but I was in sandals so my heel bone took the full brunt of the injury.

I started limping, and ultimately went to get it x-rayed because it really felt broken.  The x-ray was clear.  The pain was horrible and there wasn’t anything I could do to make it ease. Sitting didn’t help, ice didn’t help, heat didn’t help. Regular massage didn’t make a dent in the pain, and even taking over-the-counter pain medications didn’t do anything!   I had two more x-rays…nothing showed up.  I considered chopping off my foot, but I figured that wouldn’t help either <LOL>.

I eventually found that if I did the very deep self-treatments I’ve developed for the calf, that it would slightly ease the pain, but I had to keep doing them throughout the day.  Thank heaven for self-treatment!

The bone bruise wasn’t caused by a repetitive strain injury, but after that experience I could see how the repetitive strain on my calf muscles was pulling up on my heel bone and making the problem worse.  I believe that if you have a bone bruise that you may find some relief by looking at what muscle inserts into that area and then releasing the tension on the tendons and insertion point.

Wishing you well,


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