|Can you see the fracture?|
Also, they say as far as they know that was the first case. I saw a lady with the same thing just this past Spring. She was new and went to unclip. Didn't. And broke her hip. I should have wrote it up and been the first case.
Proximal Femoral Fracture in a Man Resulting From Modern Clipless Pedals
A Case Report
Posted: 08/29/2011; J Med Case Reports. 2011;5 © 2011 BioMed Central, Ltd.
Case Report A 38-year-old Caucasian man who was a club cyclist sustained a displaced intracapsular fracture of the hip whilst cycling. As a direct result of the incorrect set-up (Do I hear "Lawsuit"?) of his clipless pedals he was unable to release his feet whilst slowing to a halt (In the main body of the article it said he slipped on some ice- what did he expect?). This resulted in a loss of balance and subsequent fall with a direct impact onto his left hip. The resulting fracture was managed successfully with early closed reduction and fixation. At six month review he was walking unaided without pain but, as yet, has been unable to return to cycling.
Conclusion This case highlights the dangers of clipless pedals even in experienced cyclists, and underlines the importance of proper information for their correct setup to minimise the risk of potentially serious injuries, especially in the region of the hip.