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Calcaneus (Heel) Fractures After A Florida Accident

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Feb 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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