Calcaneal fractures are not unusual. A "lover's" fracture is a common calcaneal fracture, resulting from an axial load type of injury (falling). Radiographically, there is a decrease in Boehler's angle to less than 20 %. Moreover, 75 % of these fractures involve the subtalar joint and 10 % are bilateral. Associated fractures with the same axial load mechanism include burst fractures of the spine ("Don Juan" fracture) and pilon fractures of the distal tibia.
|A||Harris radiograph. There is a comminuted fracture of the calcaneus.|
|B||Lateral radiograph of the ankle. This shows flattening of Boehler's angle and sclerosis through the calcaneus.|
|C||Axial CT. This image of both feet shows a calcaneal fracture. The normal size is included for comparison.|
|D||Axial CT. This image better demonstrates the comminuted calcaneal fracture.|
|E||Lateral radiograph of the ankle. There is a hatchet injury to the calcaneus.|
|F||Axial CT. This image demonstrates bilateral calcaneal fractures, due to a fall.|
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