Heel fractures most often occur after a serious acute injury, and need to be diagnosed and treated quickly by a skilled orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist.
Heel Fracture Symptoms
Most heel fractures are caused by severe acute injury to the heel bone (the calcaneus), such as a car crash, or falling from a great height and landing on your foot. Some of the symptoms of heel fractures include:
- Heel pain
- Swelling in the heel and surrounding area
- Bruising in the heel
- Difficulty walking
If any of the following symptoms apply to you, it’s important to seek medical attention from a foot and ankle orthopaedic specialist as soon as possible.
Treating Heel Fractures
Before treating your heel fracture you need to get a complete and accurate diagnosis from an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. Heel fractures can present symptoms that may overlap with other foot and ankle conditions so it’s important to fully diagnose the fracture first and foremost – which can be accomplished with a physical exam and diagnostic imaging. Once you have a complete diagnosis, you can determine the best treatment option for your situation. Treatment depends on the extent of the fracture and the patient’s situation. Minor fractures of the heel may be effectively treated with conservative methods like casting and rest, while more severe fractures may require minimally invasive surgery.
Heel Fracture Surgery in Knoxville, TN
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a heel fracture, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Make an appointment with Dr. Chad Ferguson today to see if surgery is a good option for your heel fracture.