A broken heel is a fairly uncommon high energy injury, often caused by falling or jumping from a height. It can also occur from road accidents.
It is also possible for the calcaneus (heel bone) to suffer a stress fracture in athletes such as long-distance runners which may come on more gradually.
A broken heel bone may also be known as a fractured calcaneus.
Signs & Symptoms
Sudden heel pain.
Difficulty weight bearing, especially on the heel bone.
Treatment of a Broken Heel Bone
Usually the foot and ankle are place in a cast for 6-8 weeks to immobilise the bone and prevent weight bearing.
Surgery is sometimes necessary, for example if the fractured part is out of position or if the fracture has broken the skin.
Usually, the surgical procedure involves attaching a metal plate to the heel to return the heel to its normal position. At the same time, it is important to ensure that the cartilage is replaced as close as possible to its original position. Very occasionally, a fracture will not require a plate.
Your doctor will explain your best option to you.
After treatment, the patient will be required to rest their foot from supporting weight – this period of recovery can last up to 3 months or much longer.