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how to heal a stress fracture ?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Stop Stressing.: Healing stress fractures is accomplished, for the most part, by simply reducing weight bearing (i.e. stress) to the involved bone. The remedy may involve complete off weight as with crutches, to simply wearing regular shoes but drastically reducing time on the foot. Typically a weight bearing cam walker boot works just fine. The trick is to stay off foot long enough for the fracture to heal.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
following above advice usually heals within 4-8 weeks. Return to impact activity slowly
Mar 30, 2016

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How can you make a stress fracture heal fast?

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Bone stimulator: A bone stimulator in my experience will make a stress fracture heal faster than natural forces alone unfortunately stimulators are expensive and health insurance companies only pay for them in treating non-unions or delayed unions of certain types of fractures.
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Is it possible that a stress fracture not heal?

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Yes it is possible: Patients with some stress fractures, such as displaced femoral neck stress fractures and fifth metatarsal base stress fractures, are more likely to have complications such as nonunion. These complications should be monitored closely because surgical intervention may be necessary.
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Can there be any way to make a stress fracture heal fast and efficiently?

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Rest: The most reliable way to heal a stress fracture is to rest the affected area. Sometimes, this is coupled with immobilization with a splint or cast. The timing of it depends on the fracture site, pattern, medical co-morbidities, smoking history and other factors. Best to have an xray and follow your orthopedist's treatment plan.
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