Calcaneus fractures affect active people who run, play sports, or work physically demanding jobs. Though painful, with intervention and treatment, these fractures can be managed and kept from getting worse. At Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeons Pedro Cosculluela, MD and Andrew M. Ebert, MD, provide operative and non-operative treatment for calcaneus fractures. Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert can help you feel better using minimally invasive procedures. Call the nearest office to request treatment for a calcaneus fracture today, or make an appointment online.
A calcaneus fracture is a break that occurs in your heel bone (calcaneus). These fractures can be divided into two groups, traumatic fractures and stress fractures. Both of these require treatment that is tailored to the fracture pattern and severity.
Symptoms of calcaneus fractures include:
Minor calcaneus fractures don’t always cause mobility problems right away. At first, you may only need to limp or change the way you walk.
Make an appointment at Austin Foot & Ankle Institute if you have heel pain, swelling and difficulty walking after an injury or recent changes in exercise patterns. This is true even if previous x-rays were negative as many calcaneus fractures are missed.
Your doctor will review your health charts and asks about your symptoms, including what the pain feels like, where it occurs, and if certain activities, like working, make it worse.
Next, they examines your heel, calves, and ankle checking for redness, bruising, and swelling. They checks the pulse in your feet to ensure you have good circulation and asks you to move your toes, assessing your reflexes and mobility.
If no radiographs were done previously, x-rays of the foot and heel will be obtained during the visit. Last, your doctor may order additional diagnostic imaging, like CT scans or MRI. These procedures capture detailed photos of your heel bone. They can identify the location and severity of your fracture and help guide treatment.
Treatment of a calcaneus fracture depends on its type, location, severity, and effect on your life.
Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert offer non-surgical and surgical treatment. They may recommend:
If you have a minor calcaneus fracture, they prescribe a cast or a splint. You wear the cast or splint for six to eight weeks while your bones heal. At the end of treatment, your doctor removes the cast and enrolls you in physical therapy.
If you have a fracture that causes your heel bone to change position, Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert recommend surgical intervention. During surgery, they use special tools to change the shape of your heel bone, restoring its shape, size, and position.
Call the nearest Austin Foot & Ankle Institute office to receive treatment for a calcaneus fracture today, or make an appointment online.