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Calcification

Posted by Kara G on 10/08/02 at 12:36 (097082)

What causes calcification on the back of the heel bone? I was told a tight achilles tendon. Why does that cause bone deposition there and how do you correct that?
Thank you.

Re: Calcification

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/10/02 at 20:00 (097288)

Calcification at the back of the hhel bone may be caused by a tight achilles but may often be caused by too much motion at the area where the achilles tendon attaches to the bone. Bone deposition at the attachment of the achilles is the body's way of trying to limit the excess motion.
Orthotics with a rearfoot post are one way to reduce the motion.
Ed

Re: Calcification

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/10/02 at 20:00 (097288)

Calcification at the back of the hhel bone may be caused by a tight achilles but may often be caused by too much motion at the area where the achilles tendon attaches to the bone. Bone deposition at the attachment of the achilles is the body's way of trying to limit the excess motion.
Orthotics with a rearfoot post are one way to reduce the motion.
Ed