Calcaneus fracture: everything you need to know about heel fracture

Fractures can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life and mobility. Identification and treatment are crucial to successful recovery. Therefore, it is essential that people are aware of the importance of identifying and treating any type of fracture as soon as possible, guaranteeing a successful recovery.

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Calcaneal bone, what is it and what happens if it fractures?

The calcaneus, also known as the heel bone, is the largest bone in the human foot. It is located on the back of the foot and is essential for maintaining balance and supporting body weight when walking or running.

A fracture of the calcaneus is usually the result of trauma such as falls from significant heights or traffic accidents. When the heel bone fractures, a series of consequences can occur that affect both the mobility and well-being of the individual.

Symptoms of a heel bone fracture

The symptoms of a calcaneal fracture can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the patient. Common signs to watch for include:

  • Severe heel pain: Acute and severe pain may be experienced at the back or bottom of the heel.
  • Inflammation: The affected area may show swelling or redness.
  • Difficulty supporting weight: Difficulty putting weight on the affected foot may occur.
  • Touch sensitivity: The affected heel area is extremely sensitive to touch.
  • Visible deformity: In some cases, deformity may be observed in the back of the foot.

It is essential to seek immediate medical attention in the presence of these symptoms. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are essential for a successful recovery.

Sequelae after a calcaneal fracture

The consequences of a calcaneal fracture can be varied and often affect the patient's mobility and quality of life. The most common sequelae after a calcaneal fracture include:

  • Chronic pain- Many people experience persistent heel pain, even after the fracture has healed.
  • Stiffness and loss of mobility: The ankle joint can become stiff and limit the mobility of the foot.
  • Change in way of walking: Due to limitations in mobility, the patient may have to modify their way of walking causing problems in other areas of the body
  • Possible development of arthritis: Calcaneal fractures can increase the risk of developing arthritis in the ankle joint.
  • Impact on quality of life: The consequences can affect the ability to carry out daily activities and sports, having a significant impact on quality of life.

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Treatments for heel bone fracture

Treatment of a calcaneal fracture depends on the severity of the injury. Some approaches used to treat this type of fracture include:

  • Immobilization: In less severe cases, you may choose to immobilize the foot with a cast or orthopedic boot to allow healing.
  • Surgery: In more complex fractures, surgery may be necessary to realign and fix the bone. It is essential that the surgery be performed by specialists who can guarantee an optimal result.

It is important to note that treatment and recovery from a calcaneal fracture can take time, and patience is essential for a successful recovery.

Importance of going to a clinic specialized in calcaneal fracture surgery

Going to a clinic specialized in calcaneal fracture surgery is essential to ensure the highest quality healthcare. These clinics, equipped with cutting-edge technology, enable accurate diagnosis and offer effective surgical treatments. This not only significantly improves recovery prospects, but also ensures that each patient receives care tailored to their specific needs.

What happens if the heel bone fracture is not operated on?

Failure to perform calcaneal fracture surgery can lead to a series of significant consequences for the patient, including:

  • Chronic pain: The patient may suffer from persistent heel pain, which can affect their quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.
  • Mobility limitation: The ankle joint may become stiff and the ability to move the foot may be significantly restricted.
  • Deformity: An untreated fracture can cause deformity in the foot and ankle, potentially affecting foot function.
  • Increased risk of arthritis: Lack of proper treatment can increase the risk of developing arthritis in the ankle joint, which involves long-term chronic pain and inflammation.

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Recovery after calcaneal surgery

Recovery after heel bone surgery is a gradual process that requires commitment and patience on the part of the patient. The duration of recovery varies significantly depending on the severity of the fracture and the type of surgery, sometimes extending over several months. It is essential that the patient comply with scheduled medical visits and carefully follow the instructions provided by professionals. Consistency in following treatment and cooperation are key elements to recover full functionality of the foot and ensure a better quality of life.

If you find yourself going through a calcaneal fracture, we invite you to trust Elgeadi Traumatology to receive the best treatment available. In our first-class center you can find warranty professionals that will guarantee a successful recovery.

30 thoughts on “Fractura de calcáneo: todo lo que necesitas saber sobre la fractura del talón”

  1. I am a patient with neuropathy and I broke my calcaneus. I had surgery on November 15, 2023. They checked me and removed the stitches after thirty days. I am waiting for a medical appointment to find out how the surgery progresses and what treatment I should follow.

    • My son has a very serious injury to his heel, at the hospital they tell me that he lost his heel and his calcaneal bone, he has been hospitalized for more than a month and they have not yet performed surgery, they tell me that they are going to remove a flap from his leg to graft on the heel, I would like to know if there is another option

      • Hello Josefina,
        It is impossible to know or recommend another treatment because we do not have any information about your child's case, the type of injury he has, age, and many other important factors to know what we are talking about.
        You can make an appointment by calling 91 005 39 00.

  2. I have had a calcaneal rupture, with late diagnosis and treatment and hematoma, with a very swollen ankle. Now the instep hurts more towards the other side of the foot, I have treated rheumatoid arthritis. I can't walk well, because of pain

      • Hello, my husband fractured his calcaneus bone, he has been in the hospital for 19 days without surgery and they have not yet operated on him, I would like to know if it is bad not to operate on time

        • Hi Katy,
          In surgeries for fractures, it is best to operate as soon as possible to avoid tissue scarring, although each case has its particularities and we would have to know your husband's case to give you a more accurate answer.

  3. I fell from the ladder 2 months ago and the traumatologist told me that the fracture of the calcaneus is not surgical, now I have new do

  4. Good afternoon, I had surgery for a multiple calcaneal fracture. It's been 20 days but the pain and as if something was stretching like something was adjusting inside, it's normal to have all those symptoms.

        • Hello, Gerardo,
          Recovery time varies significantly depending on the severity of the fracture and the type of surgery, sometimes extending over several months. We would have to know your case to give you a more detailed answer.

  5. Hello, I broke my bald spot on September 28, 2023 and after an operation placing a plate and two screws, I cannot walk well, my ankle joint hurts and I don't know how long it will last and if I will be able to stay well.

  6. Good evening, my daughter had both feet operated on five years ago, she had an osteotomy of the calcaneus in her right foot, they put screws in, but lately my daughter has been complaining a lot about pain in her feet and now they took an x-ray and it showed material osteosynthesis at the level of the right calcaneus secondary to an old consolidated fracture. She is a girl with down syndrome. I would like you to tell me what this result means and thank you very much 😊

  7. Hello, I had a fracture of the calcaneus 10 months ago, they discharged me 4 months ago and I still limp and have chronic pain, the mutual insurance company has only accepted and they have sent me to the medical court, thank you

  8. Hello, I had surgery for a calcaneal fracture 6 months ago and I'm already walking, and the truth is, quite well. I have 12 screws and a plate and trauma advises removing the material after a year but it doesn't bother me at the moment. What do you recommend? Thank you

  9. Hello
    I fell from the roof of my house and fractured my left heel bone in multiple places. They put 8 screws and 2 plates to fix the heel bone. They operated on me on November 14, 2023. I still have a lot of pain and my ankle is swollen. It hurts a lot to walk, especially in the afternoons. The DC asked me for new With your years of experience, you can walk normally again at some point, I know that each case is different, I just want to know from statistics if that can happen or not, or is it that in Frenton we will never walk like before again?
    Thank you so much

    • Hello Maria Lucia,
      To answer that we would have to study your case. Seeing the images and performing a physical examination, in addition to knowing your medical history, are essential to be able to give you a prognosis.
      You can make an appointment by calling 91 005 39 00

        • Hello Maria Lucia,
          It is unprofessional to give you a prognosis without knowing your case, without having seen your tests, without knowing your age, physical condition, surgery performed and performing the physical and imaging examination that is warranted in order to help both you and any patient who asks us. an opinion on your particular case. We cannot speak of absolute statistics since each case is unique and often also depends on the type of rehabilitation and treatment that each patient receives.


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