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Other symptoms or conditions you may be experiencing:

  • Heel Spurs
  • Bone Spurs
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Neuromas
  • Hammer Toe
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Heel Pain
  • Skin Lesions
  • Injuries
  • Painful Calluses
  • Nerve Impingement
  • Achilles Tendinitis
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Heel Bone Fractures

The calcaneus, also called the heel bone, is a large bone that forms the foundation of the rear part of the foot. The calcaneus connects with the talus and cuboid bones. The connection between the talus and calcaneus forms the subtalar joint. This joint is important for normal foot function.

The calcaneus is often compared to a hard boiled egg, because it has a thin, hard shell on the outside and softer, spongy bone on the inside. When the outer shell is broken, the bone tends to collapse and become fragmented. For this reason, calcaneal fractures are severe injuries. Furthermore, if the fracture involves the joints, there is the potential for long-term consequences such as arthritis and chronic pain.

Causes

Most calcaneal fractures are the result of a traumatic event, most commonly, falling from a height, such as a ladder, or being in an automobile accident where the heel is crushed against the floorboard. Calcaneal fractures can also occur with other types of injuries, such as an ankle sprain. A smaller number of calcaneal fractures are stress fractures, caused by overuse or repetitive stress on the heel bone.

Our Approach

It is important to see a doctor any time you think you may have broken the heel of your foot. Go immediately to an emergency department.

The Relief Institute (214) 396-1306
1150 N. Watters Rd., Ste. 105 Allen TX 75013