There’s Nothing Romantic About a Love Fracture

Have you ever heard of a “love fracture?” It sounds like what happens to a high schooler’s heart after a first breakup goes south but, in fact, it’s the common name for a fracture of the calcaneus, your heel bone.

What Causes a Heel Fracture?

Fractures of the calcaneus occur frequently, but they are not typically the result of a minor events such as tripping or bumping into something. Rather, they are most often the result of high-impact incidents such as a fall from a height or a motor vehicle collision.

Types of Love Fractures

As with any fracture, there are several varieties of love fractures, ranging from mild to severe:

Symptoms of a Love Fracture

If you break your heel bone, you might experience:

Treatment for Love Fractures

If you are concerned that you have fractured your calcaneus, you should see a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos without delay. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and ankles and will likely order imaging tests such as x-rays. Your foot doctor will then diagnose the source of your discomfort and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and ongoing care. Treatment options for calcaneal fractures might include:

If you are concerned about anything related to the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first step on the road to recovery is an appointment with your foot doctor. A board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is a medical specialist with years of education and experience, and is the best-qualified medical professional to care for these parts of your body. Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Chicago office. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.


Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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