Heel Fractures

A heel bone fracture can be an excruciating and disabling injury. Like any other bone in the body, the heel bone (calcaneus bone) can become fractured. The heel bone bears a significant amount of weight while walking or running, making heel fractures incredibly frustrating. If you suspect that you have a heel fracture, our podiatrist in Port Washington NY at Great Neck Family Foot Care is available to help. 

What Causes A Heel Fracture?

Heel fractures are most often the result of a traumatic event. Falls and automobile accidents where the foot becomes crushed can lead to a heel fracture. Heel fractures can also occur in conjunction with other foot and ankle injuries. A smaller number of heel fractures are stress fractures caused by repetitive stress on the heel bone. 

Treating Heel Fractures

Treatment for heel fractures varies on a patient-to-patient basis. A podiatrist in Port Washington NY will evaluate the severity of your condition and determine the best course of action. Some of the treatments that can be used include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) treatment – In order for your injured foot to heal, it’s essential to stay off of it as much as possible. You can use ice to minimize swelling and pain, and compression and elevation can also help reduce swelling. 
  • Immobilization – Sometimes immobilization is necessary to keep the fractured bone from shifting out of place. A cast or boot may be used to keep the bone in place, and crutches can help you stay off the injured foot. 
  • Surgery – In more severe cases where the fracture becomes displaced, surgery may be necessary. 

Leaving your heel fracture untreated can lead to lifelong problems, including arthritis, stiffness, and chronic pain in the joint. In some cases, the fractured bone may not heal in the proper position. To avoid potential long-term complications, it’s best to visit our podiatrist in Port Washington NY for treatment. 

Contact Our Podiatrist In Port Washington NY 

If you are experiencing debilitating pain in your heel, it’s time to visit a podiatrist in Port Washington NY. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, Dr. Hochstein offers a wide range of treatment options to manage heel fractures and other foot conditions. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

If you have had an injury to the heel that has yet to be evaluated and continues to give you pain and discomfort, make an appointment at our Great Neck office by calling (516) 482-5999 as soon as possible after the injury has occurred.