Calcaneus Fracture is one of the most common fractures of tarsal bone occurring
due to a high-energy collision. Calcaneus or heel bone connects the talus
and cuboid bones. This connection forms subtalar joint, which is crucial
for normal foot functions such as walking, standing and running. Any trauma
or injury can cause severe Calcaneal Fracture. If the fracture involves
the joints, it can bring many long-term consequences such as chronic pain
- Falling from a height
- Automobile accidents
- Twisting injury
- Any injuries including ankle sprain
- Stress fractures due to repetitive stress or overuse
- Sharp, intense pain at the time of injury
- Inability to place weight on the heel
- Numbness in foot, ankle or toes
- Heel deformity
orthopedic doctor may diagnose the fracture by thoroughly examining the heel to see if any
nerves are damaged or the blood supply is interrupted. The physician may
ask you about the circumstances of your injury. He will discuss your medical
history and the symptoms. He may recommend X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to assess
the severity of the fracture and decide the line of treatment.
Depending upon the severity of the injury, the physician may recommend
you non-surgical or surgical treatment.
To allow the fracture to heal, you may be recommended to take rest and
avoid putting weight on the injured heel. You can use ice to reduce swelling
and pain. You may also get relief by wrapping the foot in an elastic bandage
or wearing compression stockings. By keeping the feet elevated, you can
reduce swelling. You may also be required to keep the feet immobilized
by using a cast or using crunches.
In case of traumatic fractures, you may need surgery to reconstruct or
fuse the joint. The broken bone is moved to its place and fixed with screws
to promote healing. Post surgery you will need to undergo rehabilitation
program under the supervision of a physiotherapist. He will devise a plan
including stretching and strengthening exercises, for you to gain strength
and restore function.
Calcaneal Fracture can lead to pain in the joint, stiffness, arthritis
and long-term consequences such as a limp, decreased ankle motion and
loss of length in the leg. In case of these complications, you may require
additional surgeries or use of braces or other devices to manage them.
The orthopedic doctors at
OrthoTexas provide complete
treatment for Calcaneal Fracture and other foor injuries. To schdeule an appointment, call at
(972) 899-4679 or visit 4951 Long Prairie Rd, Suite 100, Flower Mound, TX 75028.