Have You Got A Love Fracture?


Have you ever heard of a love fracture? A love fracture has nothing to do with love, or even with the way that you feel after a romantic break-up. Rather, a love fracture is a common name for a fracture of the heel bone called the calcaneus. This is one of the most frequently injured bones in the feet. 

It’s rather unusual for a calcaneal fracture to occur from tripping or bumping into something.  Typically, calcaneus fractures are caused by a high-impact incident in which other parts of the body are also injured, such as a fall from a great height or a motor vehicle accident. Fractures of the calcaneus are usually serious. Long-term complications, including joint stiffness, limited range of motion, and discomfort standing and walking, are possible. Consequently, it is imperative that love fractures are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. 

Like those of any fracture, the symptoms of a love fracture include pain, bruising, and swelling. Heel deformity is also a possibility if the break is sufficiently severe that the bone is forced into an abnormal position. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you have difficulty walking after an accident, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Your podiatrist will want to conduct a thorough examination including x-rays and possibly other imaging tests such as a CT scan or MRI.

If your foot doctor determines that you do, indeed have a fracture of your heel bone, treatment may include:

  • medication for pain and swelling
  • immobilization with a cast or boot
  • surgery to prevent permanent complications

After surgery or at the end of your treatment, rest will be necessary and physical therapy will probably be recommended to ensure that you regain full function and can stand and walk without pain.

If you are worried that you have experienced a love fracture, or if you have any other concerns related to the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, you should call your podiatrist immediately. With decades of specialized training and experience, a foot doctor like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM  is the best-qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat any such issues. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office today.