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J Athl Train. 1996 Jan-Mar; 31(1): 71–73.
PMCID: PMC1318361

Osteoid Osteoma of the Calcaneus: An Unusual Cause of Hindfoot Pain in an Adolescent Athlete

Thomas Rossi, MEd, ATC
Thomas Rossi is Staff Athletic Trainer at Valley Hospital Sports Institute, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Head Athletic Trainer at Ramapo High School, Franklin Lakes, NJ.


Osteoid osteomas are distinctive, benign tumors of bone that cause localized pain. This problem, although rare in athletes, must be resolved before pain-free competition can resume. We present a case of a 14-year-old white, male football player who complained of heel pain. He was treated conservatively with ice, stretching, and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Advil). Postseason, his symptoms worsened and he was referred for orthopedic consultation. Radiography displayed a possible osteoid osteoma; a CT evaluation confirmed the diagnosis. The athlete was treated surgically for the condition, and following a 2-week immobilization and a 3-week rehabilitation program, the pain completely resolved.

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