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what is the difference between a fractured heel bone and a heel spur

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ario Kiarash
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Broke vs not: A fractured heel is a broken heel bone or calcaneus, a bone spur is evidence of tight soft tissue attachment to bone and in some patients represents p ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience Podiatry
See Podiatrist: Podiatrist will evaluate and x-ray and make diagnosis.
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Dr. David Laha
37 years experience Podiatry
Usually conservative: If this is truely a fracture to the heel spur on the bottom of the heel, then conservative care will usually resolve the problem. Cast boot, icing, n ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wilton
36 years experience Podiatry
Normal is relative: You most likely have an extremely tight gastroc muscle in your posterior calf that is the cause of the heel spur to begin with. Intense stretching of ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience Podiatry
Heel spurs dont hurt: Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia. When i get an xray of the foot for plantar fasciitis, i commonly see a heel spur. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
None.: A cracked bone is a fractured bone. A cracked bone simply describes a fracture that is probably less severe (e.g. A "hairline" fracture).
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Several things: Gout will cause a warm swollen painful toe usually around the first toe. A bone spur is a protrusion of calcium that will usually cause pin point pain ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Lullove
18 years experience Podiatry
Lots!: Bone bruises are actually contusions that cause swelling in the bone itself. A bruised toenail is otherwise referred to as a subungual hematoma. Nai ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kayvanfar
45 years experience Sports Medicine
Refer to answer: Syndesmosis is refereed to ligaments connection between tibia and fibula bone in legs. Fractured is a break. Metatarsal is the bone in the foot.
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A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Symantecs: A fracture or break is the same thing. There are degrees of fractures or breaks. One can have a small crack in the bone and not be through and throu ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
None: They are different terms for the same thing. Fracture can vary in severity and problems. Almost always there is trauma to the soft tissues surrounding ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ameglio
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing: The difference is in severity of pain. This is a more common cause of forefoot pain than morton's neuroma.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
26 years experience Hand Surgery
No difference: A fractured bone is broken and a broken bone is fractured.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
39 years experience Podiatry
Both Can Hurt: Both can create an equal amount of pain so x-rays are important to determine the extent and location of a fracture or break in the bone. Also an x-ra ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See below: A stress fracture is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is pain in the bones due to stress and may lead to a stress fracture.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Knee cap: A bruised kneecap is generally less damaged than one that is fractured. Remember, there is a continuum of energy that can go across the patella, from ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pietro Seni
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Bone involment: Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone.An stress fx involves t ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Nall
14 years experience Sports Medicine
Same thing: Fracture is the medical term for broken.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Muscle vs. bone: Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon. Stress fracture is a small non-displaced frac ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience Hand Surgery
Sprained vs fx.: Sprain is soft tissue...Ligaments stretched. Fracture is bone...Broken bone.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Meeta Pancholi
25 years experience Podiatry
Not really: they can feel similar. A clinical exam helps best to determine one from the other as Xray does not always show stress fracture. Best to see a foot spe ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fract ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It is simply: the location of the fracture along the course of the rib. The ribs begin at the junction of the spine near the midline of your back, and curve to the ... Read More

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