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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

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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 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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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

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


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Heel Spur (Definition)

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