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Dr. John Krause
58 Doctors shared insights

Heel Fracture (Overview)

-the calcaneus. The most serious R from a fall from height & landing on Ur feet.


Dr. John Krause
58 Doctors shared insights

Heel Fracture (Overview)

-the calcaneus. The most serious R from a fall from height & landing on Ur feet.


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What are the symptoms of a heel fracture?

What are the symptoms of a heel fracture?

Heel fracture: Marked ecchymosis and pain with significant deformity. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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What can be signs of a heel fracture?

Heel fracture: Calcaneal fractures vary with intra-extraarticular, displaced vs not. More painful if more soft tissue involvement. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a heel fracture, heel spur?

How do you know if you have a heel fracture, heel spur?

Go to the: Podiatrist and have an examnation with an x-ray taken. That's the surest way to find out. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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Can your particular way of walking cause you fracture your heel over time?

Can your particular way of walking cause you fracture your heel over time?

Stress fracture: Repetitive stress to the calcaneus (heel) bone can cause a stress fracture. The stress can be caused by a certain activity, gait, and/or change in shoewear. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my fracture heel bone hurts after 5 months?

What does it mean if my fracture heel bone hurts after 5 months?

May or may: Not be related.....Was the pain continuous or did it stop and then you had new pain? ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What is the best way to treat a heel spur fracture? 6 weeks without bearing weight or surgery for removal of the broken spur?

What is the best way to treat a heel spur fracture? 6 weeks without bearing weight or surgery for removal of the broken spur?

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, nsaids, limited standing and walking and elevation often, will usually resolve the problem. This may be weeks to several months. After much improvement, then good shoes and supports, stretching and gradual return to normal activities. Most do well. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for heel fracture?

What is the treatment for heel fracture?

See specialist: Depending on the fracture pattern (determined with x-rays and often ct scan, a heel (calcaneus) fracture may do well treated without surgery or may be better treated surgically. See an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist or orthopaedic traumatologist with an interest in these injuries for evaluation. The "learning curve" for surgical treatment of these injuries is at least 50. ...Read more

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What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid heel fracture?

What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid heel fracture?

Nothing: A true heel fracture (calcaneal fracture) is relatively rare, in terms of overall foot/ankle fractures. Most commonly, they occur after a fall from height (ladder, or jumping from height of 5-6') or car accident. Is this the type of injury you meant? They are quite painful and very serious injuries which should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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What can be signs of a heel fracture?

Heel fracture: Calcaneal fractures vary with intra-extraarticular, displaced vs not. More painful if more soft tissue involvement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a heel fracture?

Heel fracture: Marked ecchymosis and pain with significant deformity. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Heel fracture?

What is the definition or description of: Heel fracture?

Any type of Fx of-: -the calcaneus. The most serious R from a fall from height & landing on Ur feet. ...Read more

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What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid heel fracture?

Nothing: A true heel fracture (calcaneal fracture) is relatively rare, in terms of overall foot/ankle fractures. Most commonly, they occur after a fall from height (ladder, or jumping from height of 5-6') or car accident. Is this the type of injury you meant? They are quite painful and very serious injuries which should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a heel fracture, heel spur?

Go to the: Podiatrist and have an examnation with an x-ray taken. That's the surest way to find out. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you've got a heel fracture - or need an x-ray?

How can you tell if you've got a heel fracture - or need an x-ray?

X-ray: We can examine a patient and based on history and physical have suspicion for a fracture, but we really confirm on x-ray. There are times when a fracture may not be obvious and require advanced imaging. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you've got a heel fracture instead of plain heel pain?

How can you tell if you've got a heel fracture instead of plain heel pain?

X-ray: Only way to be sure is x-ray. Depending on history and exam, doctor will order to differentiate between soft tissue and bone as pain source. Common cause of non-traumatic pain is plantar fasciitis, which can be make pretty awful first few steps of the morning. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for heel fracture?

See specialist: Depending on the fracture pattern (determined with x-rays and often ct scan, a heel (calcaneus) fracture may do well treated without surgery or may be better treated surgically. See an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist or orthopaedic traumatologist with an interest in these injuries for evaluation. The "learning curve" for surgical treatment of these injuries is at least 50. ...Read more

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Can I walk on my tip toes if I have a heel fracture?

Can I walk on my tip toes if I have a heel fracture?

It is possible, but: You should consult your physician because it depends on the type of fracture. ...Read more

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My ankle has hurt for 7 months, isn't red or swollen, could this be a heel fracture?

My ankle has hurt for 7 months, isn't red or swollen, could this be a heel fracture?

Probably not: Most likely it is plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures in the heel can occur, but they usually heal within 6-10 weeks. An X-ray will be able to tell for sure. ...Read more

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I have a heel fracture. It's not displaced, don't need surgery. How long before I can start trying to walk with the boot cast?

I have a heel fracture. It's not displaced, don't need surgery. How long before I can start trying to walk with the boot cast?

Ask your orthopedist: Your doctor can give you the best answer since he knows the extent and location of the fracture in the heel. ...Read more

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Is my heel fractured if I can walk on it?

Could be: It is possible to have a fracture and still walk on it. Have your doctor order x-ray to start. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
792 Doctors shared insights

Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,321 Doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more