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what are the long term effects of having stress fractures?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: It depends on the bone and how much weight it has to bear. Those in bone that carry much load may break all the way through and deform, with increased pain, deformity, and other problems. Others may heal with bone or scar and do fairly well. Have an orthopaedist advise you on your particular situation.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you deal with stress fractures?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Location dependant: Depending on where a stress fracture is and how severe the symptoms the patient is having really help tailor our treatment. In the feet, the most common location is a metatarsal. We often let patients ambulate in either a surgical shoe or protective boot for 4-6 weeks.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What might be the symptoms of stress fractures?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Pain pain swelling: Swelling pain tenderness in a specific spot increased swelling and pain with activity decreased swelling and pain with rest earlier onset of pain with each successive workout continued pain at rest as the damage progresses.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Why are stress fractures so bad?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: Stress fractures are problematic mainly because they can be difficult to diagnose. As such, they may be initially under treated, thereby prolonging disability.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of stress fractures?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain, swelling: Pian, swelling, redness, and tenderness to palpation are among the things commonly seen in a stress fracture. Also, usually a history is present that is consistent with someone developing a stress fracture as well. Thank you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it beneficial to alternate ice n heat for stress fractures?

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 9 years experience
Doubtful: In my practice, i recommend ice therapy for new or acute conditions. I only recommend heat in conditions that have been long standing. In your case, i believe ice therapy would be most beneficial.

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