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Calcaneus Fractures

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Austin Ankle Associates can guide you with our expertise in both standard and minimally invasive surgical approaches to fix these injuries.

Calcaneus or heel bone fractures are high energy injuries usually occurring from falls from significant heights or motor vehicle accidents. Swelling and bruising are very common. After being seen in an emergency department, it is important to visit with an orthopaedic surgeon as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. Swelling can be quite severe, and it is important to keep the foot elevated as much as possible in the early days after the injury. A CT scan of the foot is almost always required to evaluate the fracture pattern and determine the proper treatment.

Treatment

If the fracture is minimally displaced, non-operative treatment may be appropriate. If this is the case, a boot or even a cast may be placed for a length of time and non-weight bearing on the leg is important until the fracture has healed. Often, the fracture may require surgery to fix into proper alignment. This is done with combinations of plates and screws. Most times, operative fixation of these fractures is not an emergency and can be done within the ensuing weeks after the injury. Timing of surgery is based on the resolution of the swelling and the fracture pattern. After surgery, elevation and non-weight bearing of the involved foot is also important. In order to allow the fracture to heal, non-weight bearing on that leg is usually required for 8-12 weeks. Austin Ankle Associates has vast experience treating these fractures surgically. We specialize in trauma of the foot and ankle and have expertise in both standard and minimally invasive surgical approaches to fix these injuries.

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Calcaneus Fractures