Heel Bone Fractures

Orthopedic Heel Fracture Specialist in Kansas City, MO, Lenexa, KS, and Independence, MO

Leading Heel Bone Fracture Experts in Kansas City, MO

The heel bone and calcaneus fractures can seriously affect foot health. These injuries, essential for bearing weight and walking, can occur due to falls, high-impact accidents, or sports activities. Suffering from a heel bone fracture can be extremely painful and can severely affect your mobility. Orthopedic Health of Kansas City has board-certified heel specialists to help you with heel pain.

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Can You Fracture Your Heel?

Fracturing your heel bone, also known as the calcaneus, is possible. Heel fractures can range from minor stress fractures to severe fractures that may require surgery for treatment. If you suspect you have fractured your heel, contact your orthopedic specialist or visit one of our Walk-In Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinics nearest you for diagnosis and treatment.

How Do I Know if I Fractured My Heel?

Heel fractures can occur due to various reasons, such as:

  • Trauma such as a fall from a height, a car accident, or any other impact on the heel can result in a fracture.
  • Overuse from activities such as running or jumping, particularly on hard surfaces, can lead to stress fractures in the heel bone.
  • Osteoporosis or other conditions that weaken bones make them more prone to fractures, even with minor trauma.

Fractures of the heel can cause various symptoms, and the severity of the symptoms can vary depending on the extent of the fracture. Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate a heel fracture:

  • Pain in the heel area is a common symptom of a heel fracture. The pain may be severe, especially when you try to bear weight on the affected foot.
  • Swelling around the heel and possibly extending to the ankle or foot is typical following a fracture.
  • Bruising around the heel and ankle may develop, mainly if the fracture resulted from trauma or injury.
  • Fractures of the heel can make it difficult or impossible to bear weight on the affected foot. You may experience significant pain when walking or putting pressure on the heel.
  • The heel area may be tender to the touch, and pressing on it may cause pain.
  • Occasionally, a heel fracture may cause a visible deformity or abnormal foot and ankle alignment.
  • You may experience difficulty moving the foot or ankle due to pain and swelling associated with the fracture.

If you experience any of these symptoms, especially after a fall or other traumatic event, seeking medical attention is essential. Your orthopedic specialist can perform a physical examination, order imaging tests such as X-rays, and determine the appropriate treatment for your condition. Ignoring a potential fracture can lead to complications and delays in healing.

Get Expert Heel Fracture Treatment in Kansas City, MO

At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, our board-certified specialists diagnose and treat all types of heel bone fractures, from minor stress fractures to complex breaks. Get a fast diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to get you back on your feet quickly with offices in Kansas City, Independence, MO, and Lenexa, KS—call (816) 561-3003 or book online.