Calcaneal fracture

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Fell/jumped from a significant height. Heel pain and swelling.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male
X-ray

Undisplaced comminuted calcaneal fracture.

Reduction in Bohler's angle.

Soft tissue swelling over the lateral aspect of the ankle and hind foot.

Case Discussion

A 'lover's fracture' is a calcaneal fracture, in which Bohler's angle is reduced to less than 20 degrees.

The name arising from the escapee jumping from a height to avoid being caught in an act of adultry! (although this is not always the case, but a romantic concept none the less).

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Case information

rID: 46201
Published: 27th Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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