Lover's fracture

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain


Jump from a height. Limping.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Fracture of the calcaneum.

The forefoot and midfoot are normal.


Comminuted intra-articular fracture of the calcaneum with a reduction of Bohler's angle.

Normal talus.

Normal tarsal bones.

Case Discussion

Although termed the Lover's fracture which portrays a romantic clinical history it is often associated with escape in other forms such as escaping from the scene of a crime.  For this reason, the patient may not always provide a reliable history at presentation.


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