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Q. Will a calcaneus fracture heal using only a cast?

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 19, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 25, 2021

Hi doctor,

My 72 years old dad slipped while getting down from the top berth of a train, and he hurt his foot. We took him to a hospital and got an x-ray done. He was diagnosed with calcaneus fracture. The doctor has put him in a temporary cast, and he has advised reviewing after five days. Will this fracture be healed using only a cast?

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  • The x-rays (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows a non-displaced fracture of the calcaneum, and it can be treated in a plaster slab till the swelling goes down. Then a cast for four weeks. He can bear weight on that foot as pain allows, after three weeks in the cast with an overshoe.
  • Please note that there is a lesion in the lower tibia that seems worrisome. A repeat x-ray is very necessary to check this out. You may need an MRI and a CT if this is seen again on the repeat x-ray.

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