Fractures of the heel bone or “calcaneus” commonly occur after falls from significant height, severe twists of the ankle or car accidents. These injuries can be serious and may require surgery to repair the resulting damage. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can treat this injury. 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 this condition.
Heel Bone Fractures affect the calcaneus and can result in severe pain and a significant decrease in mobility. This injury is likely to occur from the heel being crushed due to the weight of the body and can potentially become deformed. A bit of positive news is that these types of fractures are not usual. Foot bones include the hind foot, mid foot and fore foot. Tarsals form the structure of the hind foot and mid foot; and, the heel bone is the biggest tarsal. When a heel bone fracture occurs, the deformity may cause the heel to widen or shorten and cause lasting complications. The crushing of the heel bone can be a severely painful injury and treatment is imperative to restore and salvage alignment, function and mobility.
Treatment generally requires surgery because in order to fix the deformity caused by the injury, reconstruction is necessary to bring back the normal makeup of the heel and to reinstate normal mobility. All this will allow for a reduction in pain and the ability to take part in normal physical activity since rebuilding the heel bone to provide for normal alignment is the greatest way to help with mobility. However, surgery may not prevent long-term complications depending on the severity of the deformity. Such complications include lingering pain, inflammation or a slight mitigation in motion. Recovery times depend on the severity of the injury.
Since heel bone fractures can seriously impact your overall mobility, please contact our office for an appointment right away and allow us to provide you with the best possible treatment and recovery options.