Calcaneal osteomyelitis following steroid injection: a case report

Foot Ankle. 1985 Aug;6(1):44-6. doi: 10.1177/107110078500600109.


A 71-year-old male presented with unremitting heel pain in the region of his calcaneal tuberosity. He had been previously treated with steroid injections for plantar fasciitis. Diagnostic workup revealed a calcaneal osteomyelitis which was treated with a partial calcanectomy. This case underlines the need to rule out this expected but previously unreported complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Calcaneus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cortisone / adverse effects*
  • Cortisone / therapeutic use
  • Fasciitis / drug therapy
  • Foot Diseases / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis / chemically induced*
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography


  • Cortisone