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Doctor insights on: Ability To Exercise With Stress Fracture

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Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Progressive return : There are usually ways to exercise without involving an injured body part. In the early stages of healing you should refrain from any stress on the injured area. As healing progresses you should resume exercise of the involved body part with low resistance/ low impact activities, and gradually progress. In many cases pain / swelling will guide the speed of your return to activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What would you recommend for treatment for a missed cuboid stress fracture (caused by walking for exercise)? Would crutches help 4 months later?

What would you recommend for treatment for a missed cuboid stress fracture (caused by walking for exercise)? Would crutches help 4 months later?

Not too Common.: I guess this means that you are still having pain the cuboid area. I am not exactly sure how you have come to the conclusion of a missed stress fracture, but if that is true, then crutches are a good option. The foot should be in an immobilization device such as a cam boot. The boot, with crutch assistance should be enough to start. These fractures can take 6 months, some a year. See a specialist. ...Read more

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Having discomfort along top of my foot, towards outside edge. No extreme pain, no swelling. No better over months. Exercise a lot. Stress fracture?

Having discomfort along top of my foot, towards outside edge. No extreme pain, no swelling. No better over months. Exercise a lot. Stress fracture?

Doubtful: most likely dorsal tendinitis. Try applying ice for 5 minutes followed by heat for 10, 2-3 times a day and apply some Capzaicin cream- this should help. If not, please get evaluated ...Read more

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How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture? I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture?  I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

Swelling: The cause of the swelling needs to be determined. Stress fractures may create some residual swelling, but your local doctor should exam you. The compression rating for the stocking may be too low as well. ...Read more

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What can cause a stress fracture?

Overuse: Stress fractures are the result of repetitive micro trauma to a bone from overuse. This is typically seen in individuals who start on a very vigorous exercise program that their body is not in condition to handle (e.g. New military personnel in boot camp). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

Symptoms and Imaging: Stress fractures usually cause pain, but may also cause swelling and discoloration. The nature of stress fractures can make them very hard to identify on x-rays, but some may be apparent based on their size or phase in healing. Larger stress fractures or those that have had some to start healing are often the ones that can be seen with x-ray. The most specific test for a stress fracture is a mri. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Yes: A stress fracture is in fact a "break" in the bone and so all stress fractures are "breaks" in the bone already. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose  a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on xray exams if there is suspicion of a possible stress fracture, an MRI would best show the injury a bone scan would be helpful but is not as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more