A calcaneus fracture is a break in the heel bone that can occur from a fall, car accident, or other types of trauma. ORIF is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision in the skin over the fractured bone, realigning the broken pieces of bone, and using metal screws, plates, or wires to hold the bone in place while it heals.
The rehabilitation after ORIF of the calcaneus fracture usually involves a period of immobilization followed by physical therapy. The length of immobilization depends on the severity of the fracture and the surgeon’s preference. After the immobilization period, physical therapy is used to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion of the ankle and foot. The goal of rehabilitation is to help the patient regain normal walking and function of the ankle and foot.
Calcaneus or heel bone is one of the bones that form the hindfoot. It is vulnerable to fracture due to its location and anatomy. The calcaneus fractures are usually caused by a high-energy impact injury, such as a fall from height or a car accident. ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) is a surgical procedure used to treat calcaneus fractures that are displaced or have many fragments.
In this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on the back of the heel and realign the bone fragments into their proper position. The fragments are then held together using plates, screws, or other fixation devices. The procedure aims to restore the normal anatomy of the bone and provide stability to the joint to allow for proper healing. The procedure may be performed under general or regional anesthesia and usually requires an overnight hospital stay.