The extremity of the heel should be particularly attended to, so that
it may be properly laid, both in fractures of the leg and of the thigh.
For if the foot be placed in a dependent position, while the rest
of the body is supported, the limb must present a curved appearance
at the forepart of the leg; and if the heel be placed higher than
is proper, and if the rest of the leg be rather too low, the bone
at the forepart of the leg must present a hollow, more especially
if the heel of the patient be naturally large. But all the bones get
consolidated more slowly, if not laid properly, and if not kept steady
in the same position, and in this case the callus is more feeble.