Q Do I need surgery for a heel bone fracture?
The heel bone (calcaneus) plays a very important role and a heel bone fracture can be quite serious and painful. It usually occurs from a high-energy impact or collision—a car crash, severe fall, or even a certain movement in a sports game. Swelling, bruising, pain, and an inability to walk on the injured foot are symptoms of a possible fracture.
Surgery is usually avoidable if the pieces of broken bone have not been displaced. In this case, a cast or other form of immobilization can be used to keep the bones in place while healing. If the broken bones have shifted out of their normal position or the fracture is open and at risk for infection, surgery is often necessary. The type of surgical procedure will be dictated by the extent of your injury, and a more severe injury usually requires a longer recovery period.
If you suspect a fracture in your foot, don’t wait—call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.