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What is the difference between a fractured heel bone and a heel spur?

What is the difference between a fractured heel bone and a heel spur?

A great deal: The fracture can require surgery 3 months of no weight bearings comes after a fall onto your feet the spur is soft tissue inflamation at the attatchment to the heel bone from chronic plantar fasciaitis. Notrauma required removal of spur dosent relieve pain frequently. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


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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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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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Confirmed fractured heel spur. 16 weeks later, 2 shots, night splint, air splint, nsaids and orthotic inserts, I'm still in pain. Is this normal?

Confirmed fractured heel spur. 16 weeks later, 2 shots, night splint, air splint, nsaids and orthotic inserts, I'm still in pain. Is this normal?

Combo treatment.: The more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). If these things haven't helped, you may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. If there's a fracture, you may need casting and immobilization. ...Read more

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I have a heel spur on the calcaneal bone. Will extracorporeal shockwave therepy rid the spur? How many sessions?

I have a heel spur on the calcaneal bone. Will extracorporeal shockwave therepy rid the spur? How many sessions?

No: Eswt can help get rid of the pain you are feeling, but it does not make the bone dissolve or disappear. How many sessions would depend on if it is high energy or low....Hogh energy typicallly one maybe 2 sessions, low energy can be 3-8. (these are averages and realize it doesn't always work.). ...Read more

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I have a heel spur In one foot and a broken sigmoid bone on the other foot. Can I still exercise? I visit the doc again in 2 weeks

I have a heel spur In one foot and a broken sigmoid bone on the other foot. Can I still exercise? I visit the doc again in 2 weeks

See details: You need to give the fracture time to heal so no weight bearing exercise. You can do resistence training and non weight bearing cardio. ...Read more

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Bone spur and Plantar fascitis in left foot from accident that fractured entire left side of body. Severe pain left outside of foot, under+behind heel.

Bone spur and Plantar fascitis in left foot from accident that fractured entire left side of body. Severe pain left outside of foot, under+behind heel.

Lots of possibilitie: S. Plantar fascia disease, damage to Baxter's nerve, arthritis from trauma, ununited fracture, tendon disease, etc. You need a good ortho evaluation and, possibly, X-rays/MRI. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left heel for a month now. How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis or a bone spur or a fracture of the heel bone? Thanks.

I have pain in my left heel for a month now. How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis or a bone spur or a fracture of the heel bone? Thanks.

A spur and fascitis: Are for all intents and purposes treated the same way. An xray lets you know if the spur is present, and fascitis is said to be diagnosed via ultrasound or MRI as having fascia with a thickness greater than 3mm.
A fracture usually presents different than the others. Pain usually doesn't ease up as you start to walk on it, and there is pain on compression of the heel. An MRI helps make the diagnosis. ...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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Usually how long will it take to heel the children (4 years) fractures in leg libra bone what is the best food to give?

Usually how long will it take to heel the children (4 years) fractures in leg libra bone what is the best food to give?

See details: Specific food will not help. Immobilization and orthopedic care will help. Your question is confusing so if this answer does not help you may want to resubmit it. ...Read more

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I m 21 male wt 95 kg height 5'11"; fractured in calcaneus (heel bone) how to lose weight in this condition I should rest or use crutcher for walking?

Fractured Heel: I would suggest to use crutches. Keeping weight off the heel will increase your chances of a better recovery. It's summer time think about getting into a swimming routine - it will help you burn off the calories and tone your muscles. Wish you well on your recovery. ...Read more

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For the past few months I can't walk on the heel of my left foot it feels like glass. I am worried. I am in the late 50s and the drs saw no broken bones one murmered bone chips

For the past few months I can't walk on the heel of my left foot it feels like glass. I am worried. I am in the late 50s and the drs saw no broken bones one murmered bone chips

Varies: There are a number of potential causes, but among the most common is plantar fasciitis, which can usually be diagnosed by an examination and will usually respond to stretching, an orthotic, or sometimes a cortisone shot, don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Are huge blood bubbles on wounds' surface normal after a multiple heel bone fracture?

Are huge blood bubbles on wounds' surface normal after a multiple heel bone fracture?

Common: Blood blisters and bruising is commonly seen following a calcaneal fracture. ...Read more

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What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

NASID's: You can take any of a number of different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over-the-counter ones like aleve (naproxen) work well, but you doctor can prescribe ones that will be stronger and last longer. ...Read more

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"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally do u think cast will heel up?

"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally do u think cast will heel up?

Probably: Fortunately the cuneiforms are pretty rigid with alot of soft tissue/capsular attachment that help form the midfoot. A cast should help to allow things to heal and ossify. This may predispose you to some midfoot pain/arthritis as you get older. A good arch support may help longterm. I'd let your orthopod determine if cast or boot or postop shoe is appropriate w/o seeing films. ...Read more

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Is 12 weeks on crutches long enough for a heel stress fracture to heal? It still hurts to walk on it. The MRI showed a stress fracture in heel along with bone edema. Help.

Is 12 weeks on crutches long enough for a heel stress fracture to heal? It still hurts to walk on it. The MRI showed a stress fracture in heel along with bone edema. Help.

Yes: 6-8 wks is all that is typically required for a stree fracture to heal. Most likely the bone is healed but the plantar fascia has tightened up due to non weightbearing and is now becoming inflamed. However if the bone has not healed you may have osteopenia, calcium or vitamin d deficiency. You should see your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Mri showed stress fracture and bone edema in heel. Been on crutches off n on 12 weeks. Gets better after rest then when walking pain comes back.?

Mri showed stress fracture and bone edema in heel. Been on crutches off n on 12 weeks. Gets better after rest then when walking pain comes back.?

Have the site checke: Would obtain follow up MRI or ct to assess healing, then hopefully proceed to weight bearing, active physical therapy and then a return to normal activities if everything progresses well. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a heel spur and plantars facsitis?

Bone/inflammation: Not all plantar fasciitis is associated with a heel spur. In fact, heel spurs are rarely painful. The heel spur is formed by pull of the plantar fascial ligament on its insertion at the bottom of the calcaneus bone. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascial ligament. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have a broken leg, which bone is fractured?

If you could: Describe where the pain is, how you injured it and your symptoms it would be much easier to help. My recommendation otherwise is to see a doc and get an X-ray. ...Read more

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Bone sticking out of foot a bit. Could it be fractured?

Bone sticking out of foot a bit. Could it be fractured?

Possible: If you had an injury it may be a fracture. Not all protruding bony prominences are fractures. The prominence may be as a result of a normal anatomical variant of that bone. It could be a compensatory change of the bone in the area due to soft tissue contractures or a biomechanical abnormality, or it may be due to an underlying bone tumor. Get seen by a professional to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Do broken bones in the leg grow back stronger after they are break?

Not usually: A leg bone fracture will appear on x-ray to have more calcium in the healing area (for a while), but a bone's strength depends on the microscopic structure inside the bone, not just the amount of calcium. In a growing child, a well-healed bone can be stronger 6 months after the break, than before the break, because the child is now older so all his bones should be stronger than 6 months earlier. ...Read more

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How can youtell the difference between a hairline or stress fra, ture and heel spur without xray. I have no insurance?

How can youtell the difference between a hairline or stress fra, ture and heel spur without xray. I have no insurance?

You can't: Physical exam gives you an idea that a bone may be fractured, but an x-ray confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more

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If my fractured sesamoud bone-foot- needs to be removed, will waiting 6 months make the surgery more difficult or increase the risk of complication?

Sesamoid: Waiting may actually give the body a chance to resolve this. I have yet to see a fractured sesamoid under the big toe joint not resolve with conservative assistance. This does not preclude other sesamoids from needing surgical excision, however. ...Read more

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Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Prevents edema: Elevation of the leg prevents the development of edema or fluid which may complicate things. ...Read more

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What are reasons why foot swells up after broken bone?

What are reasons why foot swells up after broken bone?

Fluid: Your body is sending all the "good stuff" you need for healing to the area. This is delivered via fluid and blood so there will be swelling at the fracture site. This can last for months after the injury. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

X-ray: X-ray is the way to best tell this. Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have a bone fracture in your foot?

X-ray: The best way to diagnosis a fracture is get an x-ray. Have you physician review the x-ray. ...Read more

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Difference between a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

Difference between a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

Heel spur: Is a projection of bone on the bottom part of the heel. Plantar fascitiis is a broad banded ligament that originates from the bottom of the heel and supports the arch. The symptoms and treatment are virtually the same. ...Read more

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My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?

My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?

Yes.: Most implanted metallic stabilizers stay where they are placed for the rest of the patient's life. Very rarely do they ever need to be removed, and almost never cause pain due to irritation or break down. ...Read more

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Went over on foot fractured cuboid bone how long approx until recovery and until I can weight bear on it?

Broken bone: Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal in a normal healthy person. Only your physician can tell you when you can walk. Walking to soon can place you at risk of further injury. Once your x-rays show healing, you will be allowed to gradually progress to full weightbearing. ...Read more

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What's right thing for leg bone fracture?

Xray: First get an xray and then get a cast if surgery is not needed. Make sure you are seen by an orthopedic surgeon. You will then get a set of instructrions to include whether or not you can bear weight or start physical therapy. ...Read more

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My spleen is removed, 1and 1/2 year ago in accident and my right leg bone fractured what diet should I taken?

No special diet: Don't really need any special diet assuming your injuries are healed. Just follow a balanced sensible diet with fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein sources. Also remember to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Heel Spur (Definition)

A true heel spur is the projection of bone from the main body of ...Read more