If you fracture your heel, do you need an operation?

It seems logical, you break a bone and the best management is to repair it with an operation. However, the human body has an amazing ability to repair itself and many fractures are best managed by letting nature take its course.

Recent research published in the BMJ compared surgery with conservative management in 142 with heel fractures. The conservative group had the best outcome with good healing and less complications.

Some fractures will need operations, but for many gradual return to activity gives the best results. Fracture repair is enhanced with movement and gradual return to the normal loads that your body experiences. If you have a fracture and don’t know what to do to return to normal function, come and see an expert at Hallamshire Physiotherapy clinic.

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