Florida lawyer, Dr. Guy S. DiMartino (DC), talks about the devastating nature of calcaneus (heel) fractures.
The calcaneus is one of the common bones in the foot that breaks. It is usually fractured when a person falls from a height and lands on their feet. It is also known as a lover's or Don Juan fracture. Picture a guy walking into his home while his spouse is having an affair and her lover jumps off the balcony landing on his feet.
Clinical Findings of Calcaneus (heel) Fractures
The client will complain of pain and swelling in the heel. If a dark bruise or blood blister comes to the skin, this is called Mondor's sign, which leads the doctor to believe that the patient has fractured their heel. The diagnosis is usually confirmed with plain film x-ray.
Treatment of Calcaneus (heel) Fractures
Treatment of a heel fracture ranges from conservative to invasive. Closed casting, placing the client in short leg walker, preferably spending the time non-weight bearing is the treatment of choice for fractures that do not go into the joint. Once the fracture starts to heal, the client will start a course of physical therapy.
If the fracture travels into the joint, more invasive treatments including surgery may be required. Surgical techniques can range from minimally invasive procedures to open reduction internal fixation.
Prognosis of Calcaneus (heel) Fractures
These fractures can take a long time to heal, if at all. A frequent complication is continued impairment and disability due to improper functioning of the bones that articulate with the heel to form joints. Complications from heel fractures include:
- Difficulty standing and walking
- Difficulty climbing stairs and ladders
- Difficulty wearing dress shoes and high heels
Making a Claim for a Heel Fracture
If you fractured your calcaneus because of an accident that was caused because of somebody else's negligence, you may decide to bring a claim against the other party. Remember, these injuries can be devastating and impact your activities of daily living for the rest of your life.
If you have any questions about a calcaneus fracture, give me a call at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right side of the screen.