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Can footbone fractures / deformities affect your height measurement? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 14-Mar-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I've asked a doctor about foot bones, fractures and its impact on height measurement
User:can footbone fractures / deformities affect your height measurement?
Doctor:You had discussed about it with Dr. XXXXXXX
User:I mean, if I hurt the sole of my foot... (the very bottom of calcaneus area)
Doctor:Fractures and deformities can cause limb shortening
User:it doesn't matter whether the fracture went horizontal or vertical right?
Doctor:This may cause a relative reduction of the height of a person.
User:weather it/s the bottom of the foot or the top of the foot
User:it cannot make the person taller right?
Doctor:It wouldn't make a person taller.
Doctor:Infact individual will hardly be able to stand with a fracture limb.
User:so fractures and deformities in the bottom or on the side or on the top of the foot can make a person shorter but not taller right?
User:I know Dr. XXXXXXX answered this, but my cousin just wants to make sure of it?
Doctor:Fractures of limb in the lower limb any where will not increase the real heightr.
User:what about foot bones the bottom of calcaneus and stuff
User:it can make the person shorter but not taller right?
Doctor:A person with calcaneus fracture may want to avoid putting weight on the hind foot (I mean the behind of the foot)
User:but after it heals by itself or after hospital visit or whenever
Doctor:In that position there can be relative changes in his height.
Doctor:But that doesn't make his real height change.
Doctor:Try standing on the tip of foot on one of your limb.
User:and even if it did change his height, it would be shorter right?
Doctor:And check for your height.
Doctor:The changes what you notice would be the same if a person with calcaneus fracture stands.
User:but it cannot increase the height at all right?
User:that's the answer I got previously and we just wanna make sure that this is the right answer
Doctor:There will not be an increase in the real height of an indvidual.
User:but could be tiny bit shorter right?
User:so the conclusion is
User:whether it's calcaneus or whatever
User:the bottom or the side or the top of a foot bone
Doctor:Foot bone fractures hardly make any person shorter.
Doctor:It may cause some limping which may relatively make an individual shorter.
User:fractures / deformities (including after healings) whatsoever 'might' make a person shorter but can never increase his height right?
Doctor:However fractures of limb bones - thigh and leg can reduce the height of the limb
User:i see
Doctor:there by produce a small difference in his height.
User:but calcaneus and all these foot bone fractures can make a person shorter but not taller right?
User:Never taller, yes?
User:thank you doctor
Doctor:It may make one appear shorter because of limping but not taller.
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