The calcaneus bone (or heel bone) can become fractured like any other bone in the body. Whereas fractures in other bones can be less debilitating, the heel bone bears a lot of weight while walking, and therefore a heel fracture can be a frustrating and limiting condition that severely impacts your mobility. If you think you may have a heel fracture, the Manhattan foot surgeons at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York can help. There are a few common ways you can develop a heel fracture:
- Falling – if you suffer a fall from any sort of height and land on your feet, that can cause a heel fracture
- Car accident – in a car accident, especially if you crash head-on into another car or object, your heel can suffer injury due to the positioning of your feet in the crash
- Twisted ankle – though counter-intuitive, twisting your ankle can cause a fracture of the heel bone due to the inter-connectedness of the structure of the foot.
If you feel that you may have a heel fracture and want to know if you need to contact FAASNY’s Manhattan foot surgeons. The following are some symptoms that may indicate a fracture of the heel bone:
- Bruising – the foot may become bruised around the fracture, so check for heel bruises
- Sudden pain – sharp or shooting pain in the foot or heel is always an indicator of something amiss, but can often indicate a heel fracture specifically
- Swelling – if you experience unexpected swelling, especially if it persists, seek medical help
- Inability to bear weight – if putting weight on your foot or heel (as in walking) isn’t possible, you likely have a fracture or other serious injury
If you have experienced any of these symptoms or possible circumstances and are concerned about the possibility of a fracture, contact FAASNY to connect with a Manhattan foot surgeon and begin seeking treatment today.