Heel fractures carry an enormous amount of pain in an area of our body that withstands a great deal of daily pressure. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can help to treat this condition with the attention it deserves. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about heel fractures. Also, please review the Patient Education location of our website to learn more about how prevention can help to prolong the longevity of your foot and ankle health.
Heel Fractures happen in the back of the foot, in the heel bone and can develop into long-lasting difficulties that may present itself as arthritis if not treated timely. This condition is generally more likely to occur when there is a large amount of force applied to the heel, such as when falling from a high place and landing in such a way as to cause fractures that extend into the joint of the heel. The heel may also undergo stress fractures, which are partial breaks in the bone caused by repeated stresses. These types of heel fractures are commonly seen in athletes.
This condition will present itself in the form of swelling, bruising and the inability to place weight on the foot. Preventive methods include:
·Resting the foot
·Applying ice packs to the location of the fracture
·Applying compression through padding
·Elevating the heel
·Utilizing a cast to render the heel immobile for healing purposes
·Physical therapy to regain strength in the heel
Surgery may be necessary to fix broken parts of the heel that may not be able to properly recover on their own. When a surgical procedure is elected, the following recovery period can take up to several months. Physical therapy will thereafter be utilized to regain mobility. Use of supportive devices such as crutches or canes may be necessary to help place light amounts of weight on the heel as it regains strength. Due to the severity of this condition, please contact us if you have suffered a heel fracture to start the healing process now rather than later.