Calcaneal Fracture

A calcaneal fracture is a severe injury that is usually caused by falling from a moderate height, such as from a ladder.  The calcaneus is similar to an egg with a hard thin shell and softer spongy inside.  Calcaneal fractures come in many varieties, and if non-displaced or extra-articular, are commonly treated non-operatively.  Many calcaneal fractures will require a CT scan to evaluate joint alignment. Displaced Fractures are commonly treated operatively.  A lateral incision is made, the fractures are reduced and a locking calcaneal plate is applied.  Healing time is variable and usually requires 6 weeks of non weight-bearing casting.

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