The calcaneus is most often fractured during a:
The severity of a fracture can vary. For example, a simple twist of the ankle may result in a single crack in the bone.
Stress fractures of the calcaneus are most common in these sports:
Patients with calcaneus fractures usually experience:
It is helpful to wear well cushioned shoes or add gel pads to your shoes to lessen impact during weight bearing once walking is allowed
Initially involves RICE protocol.
After 9-12 weeks
Progressive resisted strengthening
The calcaneus is more commonly known as the heel bone. A stress fracture of the calcaneus is a small break in the heel bone. Located at the back of the foot, the calcaneus is essential for walking and provides support and stability to the foot
While uncommon, calcaneus fractures can be severe and require medical treatment.
Treatment often involves surgery to reconstruct the normal anatomy of the heel and restore mobility so that patients can return to normal activity. But even with appropriate treatment, some fractures may result in long-term complications, such as pain, swelling, loss of motion, and arthritis.