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Suggest treatment for calcaneum fracture

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: Hi i am at week 2 with a fracture of my calcanium bone. The last few days i have had pain in my calf, there is no swelling and no redness. It has got a bit better each day but is still there. I keep my leg elevated and am still ice packing twice a day due to the bruising and swelling. Is this normal? I have been putting ibroprofen gel on a few times a day to try and help. When can i stop elevating and ice packing? It swells now after i get up but then thats how it stays for the rest of the day, it doesnt get any worse. Theswelling has come down significantly as i need to go back to the hospital for a smaller boot. Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Calcaneum fracture generally require 3 weeks of immobilisation .

Detailed Answer:

Hi
Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You got fractured your calcaneum. Your pain and swelling is gradually decreasing. It is normal to be bruised and swelling at two weeks. I think you can now stop icing. But elevation should be continued specially during during resting hours and nights. Active mobilisation of toes is helpful in reducing swelling. Some swelling at leg is expected during walking. But swelling is significantly decreased, it is good. I think you can to change over to smaller boot after 1 Week ( three weeks after injury) . However it depends on type and extend of fracture, and your treating doctor is best to decide.

You can discuss with your doctor about it.

Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Pradeep Vitta
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar (8 minutes later)
Thank you for that. You didn't mention anything regarding the pain in my calf muscle.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It may be some muscular injury when you got fracture.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome back
Pain can be due to some injury to muscle when you got fracture but it is not of much worry as you have no swelling and redness and pain is gradually decreasing. Active toe movements will be helpful in reducing pain and healing.
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Brief Answer: Calcaneum fracture generally require 3 weeks of immobilisation . Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You got fractured your calcaneum. Your pain and swelling is gradually decreasing. It is normal to be bruised and swelling at two weeks. I think you can now stop icing. But elevation should be continued specially during during resting hours and nights. Active mobilisation of toes is helpful in reducing swelling. Some swelling at leg is expected during walking. But swelling is significantly decreased, it is good. I think you can to change over to smaller boot after 1 Week ( three weeks after injury) . However it depends on type and extend of fracture, and your treating doctor is best to decide. You can discuss with your doctor about it. Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you. Wishing you a good health. Take care.