Re: Shattered Heel (calcaneus)

Fractures of the calcaneus, especially if they are intra-articular, will cause significant STJ arthritis. The calcaneus is a 'major player' in gait and the joints around the heel bone control the forefoot in gait. Thus, any injury in this area can affect your gait pattern and lead to stresses on other joints of your foot. In your case, it appears to be affecting your ankle, which is no suprise after a significant compression and/or comminuted fracture of the calcaneus. Significant calcaneal fractures may lead to fusions such as STJ arthrodesis or triple arthrodesis to eleviate chronic pain in this area. You will likely require a special walking shoe and orthotics once the area is healed, and time will tell. You injury is still relatively 'new' since you fractured the calcaneus just a few weeks ago. Good luck on your recovery!

Al Kline DPM

Posted By Al Kline DPM on August 07, 2004 at 08:21:25:

In Reply to: Shattered Heel (calcaneus) posted by Chelsea on August 06, 2004 at 16:55:44:

The Shin Splint Compression Wrap applies gentle pressure on soft tissue next to the tibia (shin bone), helping prevent additional tearing of the soft tissue away from the tibia. Compression not only reduces additional damage, it alleviates pain and enhances the healing process.

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