Fractures of the heel are breaks in the heel bone of the foot. Due to their location, fractures of the heel can be very painful and debilitating. They usually occur as a result of high-impact collisions such as a fall from a great height.
Fractures of the Heel Symptoms
The most common symptoms of fractures of the heel include:
Fractures of the Heel Causes
The main cause of a heel fracture is injury. The different causes of fractures of the heel include:
Types of Fractures of the Heel
The severity of a fracture depends on the severity and type of injury which caused the break. Types of fractures of the heel include:
Fractures of the Heel Diagnosis
After your physician gathers your complete medical history you’ll undergo a thorough physical exam of your injured foot. The physician will ask about the event which led to the pain in your foot, and will also inquire about your symptoms. Diagnostic imaging procedures such as X-rays and CT scans will be done to diagnose the extent of the injury. Once your physician has formed a complete diagnosis, treatment options will be discuss.
Treatments for fractures of the heel depend upon the severity of the condition and range from wearing a cast to surgical fracture repair.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute in New York treats fractures of the heel as well as a broad range of foot and ankle conditions that can occur at any stage of life.
The Rehabilitation Network of the North Shore-LIJ Health System is dedicated to providing you and your family with result-oriented, comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones find relief from pain and get moving again after an accident, illness, injury or surgery. We’re your partner in a safe, healthy, more rapid recovery.