All About Calcaneus Fractures

Calcaneus Fracture is the most common fracture of the foot by far. It is also known as the lovers fracture and it was given this name because one might need to jump from a great height while escaping from a lover’s spouse, which could cause this particular injury. Of course, the nickname means nothing in retrospect but you can see what type of injury would end up happening from the scenario.

Calcaneus Fracture Symptoms – the most common symptom is acute pain in the heel of the foot that increases tremendously when pressure is applied which can gradually worsen. There could be possible bruising around the area as well as inflammation. Depending on the severity of the fracture, there is a possibility of seeing the bone through the skin.

 Calcaneus Fracture Causes – Most popular causes of a calcaneus fracture is a single traumatic blow to the heel, which happens often during a sports activity. The most popular sport for this fracture to occur is long distance running or long jumping. Constant repetitive actions will wear down the bone over a period time causing it to weaken, which will also leave you vulnerable to a calcaneus fracture in the future. It is also a common injury in soldiers due to their constant marching.

Calcaneus Fracture Treatment – It is important to seek medical attention immediately, in such cases were the bone can be seen, the need for surgery is usually a necessity, and you will more than likely be fitted with a cast for around two months in order to allow the calcaneus fracture to heel successfully. You will also be given anti-inflammatory tablets to help with the swelling and painkillers to ease any pain the most important part of recovery is rest as much as possible.

Depending on the extent of the injury you might be recommended to undergo a program of physical therapy, this is to ease your foot back into normal movement without adding any further injuries to it. Physical therapy is the best recovery recommendation for a calcaneus fracture and in many situations it is the only choice. Fortunately, this type of treatment will be of most help for all aspects both patient and the bones when dealing with a calcaneus fracture.

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