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Calcaneus (Heel bone) Fractures

What is the Calcaneus?

  • The Calcaneus is the heel bone! It is a robust bone capable of dealing with higher forces and repetitive workloads.

How is it commonly injured?

Heel fractures normally occur with trauma or accidents where people fall or jump and land with excessively high force on there heel directly.

Classification and Signs and Symptoms of this injury

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Inability to bear weight not he foot


Xray and CT scan needed for assessment on whether to manage conservatively or surgically

Current management techniques

  • Boot use for a minimum of 6 weeks with crutches non-weightbearing through the foot.

  • Rest Ice, Compression, Elevation: all these techniques help to control the swelling and pain.

  • Minimisation of strength losses via specific exercises

  • Minimisation of range of motion loss via specific exercises

  • Rehabilitation is important as a lot of pain can develop and get worse quickly due to the number of steps we take each day

  • If surgery needed there will be a period of at least 6 weeks non weightbearing followed by a. 12 week rehabilitation focus

Global Rehabilitation Network

  • We provide a complete online program of 12 consecutive weeks of instructions on how to conservatively manage this injury

  • We provide a global network of therapists that can chat remotely via our Telehealth services to guide you through the process week by week for minimal cost.

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