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broken heel

Posted by pam G on 11/21/02 at 06:15 (100778)

My 40 year old brother jump down 4 steps and broke both his heels. The doctor is recommending 12 weeks if rest off his feet without casting them. Is this a normal treatment....he is in a lot of pain.

Re: broken heel

Dr. Zuckerman on 11/21/02 at 11:21 (100792)

The problem with a fracture of the heel bone is that casting could cause osteoarthrisis in the ankle and subtalar joints. The treatment will depend on the degree of displacement and if the fracture has entered the joints.

If not sure get another opinion. This can be a very serious injury so take charge of your fracture care

Re: broken heel

Dr. Zuckerman on 11/21/02 at 11:21 (100792)

The problem with a fracture of the heel bone is that casting could cause osteoarthrisis in the ankle and subtalar joints. The treatment will depend on the degree of displacement and if the fracture has entered the joints.

If not sure get another opinion. This can be a very serious injury so take charge of your fracture care