Management of calcaneal fractures: a case series: Calcaneal Fracture Case Series.

Management of calcaneal fractures: a case series: Calcaneal Fracture Case Series.

Author by Dr. Kelechukwu Onuoha

Journal/Publisher: Babcock University Medical Journal

Volume/Edition: 3

Language: English

Pages: 28 - 33

Abstract

Background
Untreated or inappropriately treated, calcaneal fractures can result in arthritis, chronic ankle pain, and ankle deformity which can significantly impact the lifestyle of affected patients. Even though calcaneal fractures are common among those with multiple injuries, they can easily be missed, and not treating them would significantly impact on the patient negatively. It is therefore important a high index of suspicion is made for this injury among patients involved in high-energy trauma.
Case Presentation
This article is a retrospective recall of the six patients seen with calcaneal fractures that were treated in our hospital between 2010 and 2018, they were mainly multiply injured and the advanced trauma life support (ATLS) protocol helped to delineate these fractures, the use of modern-day operative and non-operative methods of management and rehabilitation were employed.
Discussion and conclusion
Calcaneal fractures are mostly associated with high-energy trauma which includes falls from heights or vehicle accidents with almost 50% soft tissue involvement. This is similar to cases presented in this paper as all the patients were either involved in road traffic accidents or had fallen from a height, however, soft tissue destruction manifesting as open fractures were absent in our series. Calcaneal fractures are rare and can easily be missed as patients may present as multiply injured. Prompt and adequate Rehabilitation is important to improve function.


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