What are the best shoes to wear after a calcaneal fracture?

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A calcaneal fracture typically comes from a high-impact situation or activity, such as a car crash. This fracture is potentially disabling, and often causes persistent pain in the heel. Like most bone fractures, it can take a long time to heal. This is why your doctor may recommend custom orthotics to help with the pain as the fracture heals.

If you suffer from heel pain, you aren’t alone. Of all the foot-related ailments reported by Americans, heel pain is by far the most common. Unsure whether your heel pain is caused by a fracture? Here are some of the most common symptoms.

Symptoms of a calcaneal fracture

  • Bruising — The skin on the heel may change color. Sensitivity in a bruised area is very common, and it may be painful to touch.

  • Swelling — Fractures in the foot often become inflamed, which leads to swelling. This is part of the human body’s natural response.

  • Difficulty walking — Foot injuries, especially bone fractures, can make walking feel impossible. With a calcaneal fracture, you may not be able to put any weight on the heel.

  • After a fracture, a helpful thing to do in the healing process’s later stages is wear shoes that support the healing process. A good pair of shoes for this would be reliable, supportive and comfortable. Custom orthotics are inserts made to be worn with plenty of shoes, and they can help ensure that your shoes are the best ones to wear while your calcaneal fracture heals.

    What to look for in shoes after a calcaneal fracture

  • Comfort — Fractures can cause discomfort for a long time after injury. Shoes that feel good on your feet can minimize symptoms during this period.

  • Protection — After an injury, your bones are more vulnerable. Shoes that are sturdy and offer protection for your feet can help to prevent further harm.

  • Support — Appropriate support helps ensure that the bone heals in the right way. Casts, splints and braces are commonly used to treat calcaneal fractures by supporting the heel bone in its proper position. In the later stages of your recovery, a doctor may also recommend supportive shoes and orthotics to encourage healing.

  • Biocorrect custom orthotics support the heel after fracturing

    Custom orthotics in your shoes can help ease the symptoms of a calcaneal fracture while it heals. Our certified pedorthists use your personal measurements to design a product that fits the contours of your feet and provides maximum support. 

    Contact us to learn more about the orthotics we offer or to set up an initial evaluation with one of our certified pedorthists.