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What is a Fracture of the Calcaneus?

Description of the condition

A fracture of the calcaneus is an injury in which the integrity of the bone in the area of the heel bone is disrupted. This is a serious injury that requires competent treatment.


  • Open fracture
  • Closed fracture
  • Displaced and non-displaced fracture
  • Vertical and horizontal fracture


Symptoms of a calcaneus fracture may include pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty in foot movement, as well as a crunching or noise at the time of injury.


A fracture of the calcaneus most often occurs due to a fall from a height or injury from an accident. This injury can also be caused by a sharp blow to the heel.


To diagnose a calcaneus fracture, X-ray, computerized tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging may be required.


Treatment of a calcaneus fracture may include conservative methods (e.g., wearing a plaster cast) or surgical intervention, such as osteosynthesis.


To prevent a calcaneus fracture, it is recommended to use protective footwear, avoid excessive foot loads, and perform regular physical exercises to strengthen muscles and ligaments.


Treatment of a calcaneus fracture is carried out by a traumatologist-orthopedist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.