Treatment for heel fracture is available in Rowlett, TX, by Casteel Foot & Ankle Center. Conveniently located in Rowlett to serve the surrounding North Texas area, our heel specialist will examine your heel pain and recommend the best available treatment options in the event of a heel fracture. There is no need to suffer unnecessarily when you have a broken heel.
Heel Fracture Symptoms
A heel bone fracture, otherwise known as a calcaneus fracture, can be a painful, debilitating injury. Heel fracture injuries occur when the heel bone absorbs a big impact, such as a fall or an auto accident or some other force. An injury through twisting also can create a broken heel. The more impact on the calcaneus, the more damage. There are several types of fractures the heel can sustain:
- Comminuted Fracture – heel bone is shattered into three pieces or more
- Closed Fracture – fractured bones do not break the skin
- Open Fracture – fractured bone breaks the skin
- Displaced Fracture – the ends of the broken bones do not line up
- Stable Fracture – broken bones are aligned and able to stay in place
The results of a heel fracture can be:
- Radiating pain
- Heel deformity
- Inability to walk or put weight on the heel
Heel Fracture Treatments
Our heel specialist will examine the injury and determine if there are other associated injuries to the leg. After X-rays and careful examination, the doctor will recommend either non-surgical options or necessary surgical options.
Non-surgical options may include immobilization such as casting if the broken bones are non-displaced. Also, Dr. Casteel may suggest keeping weight off the heel for a specified time. The heel specialist may also recommend cold packs, exercises, and physical therapy exercises.
If heel surgery is recommended, depending on the extent of the fracture, the operation could consist of placing plates and screws to realign and reform the heel to its original state. If the heel can be aligned by pushing the bones together without reconstruction, small incisions may be used to place special screws to hold the bones together while they heal. This would be followed by rehab and exercises to restore range of motion. Our heel surgeon will need to examine adequately the injury to determine if surgery is required.