Calcaneus Fracture or Broken Heel

A fractured calcaneus or broken heel bone tends to be an extremely disabling injury. This usually occurs as a result of high impact collisions like motor vehicle accidents or falling from a significant height. Broken Heel are generally quite severe and result in long term complications for the affected individual. Calcaneal fractures represent 2% of all fractures.

The injury caused to the heel bone more often than not results in injury to the subtler joint making it stiff thus an affected individual finds it difficult to ambulate on uneven grounds.

Calcaneus Fracture or Broken Heel Can be of Many Types:

Stable Fracture of the Calcaneus or Heel Bone: In this type of fracture, the heel bones generally do not get displaced from their normal position.

Displaced Fracture of the Calcaneus or Heel Bone: In this type of fracture of the calcaneus or the heel bone, the bone gets displaced post-fracture.

Open Fracture of the Calcaneus or Heel Bone: Fractured bones which break through skin are known as Open Fractures. Such fractures of the calcaneus or the heel bone tend to cause more damage to the adjoining muscles and tendons and also ligaments.

Closed Fracture of the Calcaneus or Heel Bone: Such fractures of the calcaneus or the heel bone may not break through the skin but may still severely damage the internal structures.

Comminuted Fracture of the Calcaneus or Heel Bone: Such fractures of the calcaneus or the heel bone are relatively acute and the bone may break into pieces with such fractures. It is an extremely unstable type of fracture of the heel bone.

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