Heel Bone Fracture

Heel Bone Fracture Treatment

About Heel Bone Fractures

 

A calcaneus fracture, or heel bone fracture, is frequently caused by a car accident or a fall from a significant height. Pain on the outside of the ankle or under the heel, difficulty to bear weight, edema, and stiffness are all symptoms. A fracture’s severity might vary. A simple twist of the ankle, for example, could result in a single break in the bone. The power of a head-on collision, on the other hand, may break the bone (comminuted fracture). Due to the amount of power required to shatter the heel bone, this fracture may be accompanied by back or knee injuries.

 

Calcaneus fractures can be extremely painful. Surgery is frequently used to repair the natural architecture of the heel and restore mobility, allowing patients to resume regular activities. Even with proper treatment, however, some fractures can lead to long-term consequences including discomfort, swelling, loss of motion, and arthritis.

 

Different methods can cause similar fractures. When you land on your feet after a fall, for example, your weight is directed downward. The talus bone is driven directly into the calcaneus as a result of this. If the heel is smashed on the floorboard in a car accident, the calcaneus is forced up against the talus. The fracture patterns are identical in both situations. The higher the impact, the more damage the calcaneus sustains.

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Heel Bone Fracture Diagnosis and Symptoms

 

The heel bone may expand and shorten as a result of a fracture. A fracture may also penetrate the subtalar joint of the foot in some situations. Damage to the articular cartilage that covers the joint as a result of this can lead to long-term consequences like persistent pain, arthritis, and loss of motion.

 

Minor calcaneus fractures may not be painful enough to prevent you from walking, but you will limp. Because the Achilles tendon supports your body weight through the calcaneus, this is the case. However, if your calcaneus is deformed as a result of the injury, your muscle and tendon will be unable to support your weight. You’ll notice that your foot and ankle feel unstable, and you’ll walk differently as a result. Other symptoms include discomfort, bruising, swelling, heel deformity, and inability to walk or place weight on the heel.

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