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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Metatarsal Stress Fracture

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Is it possible to have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture for possibly 2 years without knowing or seeking treatment? or would the pain be unbearable?

Is it possible to have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture for possibly 2 years without knowing or seeking treatment? or would the pain be unbearable?

Not likely.: I guess anything is possible, but I would think symptoms would develop as the weeks went by. Typically, swelling and pain would limit your ability to function normally. I have had patients continue with their activity, on a reduced scale, and eventually recover, however, in substantially less than 2 years. ...Read more

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 is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

Varies: Protected walking in a CAM boot or no weightbearing at all depending on the location of the injury within the bone. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

Stress fracture: Hard sole shoe or walking boot. May need period of rest, nonweightbearing, & crutches. ...Read more

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What to do about a metatarsal stress fracture that still has pain, redness, is warm,, and still swelling into week 10 of treatment (boot, etc.)?

What to do about a metatarsal stress fracture that still has pain, redness, is warm,, and still swelling into week 10 of treatment (boot, etc.)?

Reconsider diagnosis: If you are still standing and walking on it a lot, you could conceivably still have a stress fracture that has not healed and may need to go to crutches and no weight bearing. But the other possibility is that the initial diagnosis is not correct. There are conditions that have initially been misdiagnosed as a stress fracture before correct diagnosis made. ...Read more

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I have had a stress fracture in my left foot (3rd metatarsal) for 10 weeks. Treatment includes moon boot, crutches and physio. X-rays show slight healing but physio says more healing should have occurred by now. What should I do?

More Stimulation.: On what basis was the conclusion made that more healing should have occurred. The main criteria is the amount of pain you are having after 10 weeks. The problem with stress fractures is that many times patients just don't take them serious until too late. If you are still having pain, a bone stimulator may boost your healing potential. This is an easily applied device that may help significantly. ...Read more

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Metatarsal stress fracture- 13 weeks in boot, x-ray shows not healed, sore, swelling- stay in boot, alternatives?

Metatarsal stress fracture- 13 weeks in boot, x-ray shows not healed, sore, swelling- stay in boot, alternatives?

Possible nonunion: At 13 weeks, consider fracture nonunion. An MRI scan can determine if any healing has occurred. Reasons for a nonunion may be motion at the fracture or an underlying metabolic issue, such as osteoporosis, hormonal imbalance, or Vitamin D/calcium/magnesium deficiencies. Further medical evaluation can help determine why the fracture is not healing. Surgery may be needed depending on which toe it is. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

See a podiatrist.: It could be a stress fracture of one of the central metatarsal bones, or just plantar forefoot pain from lack of enough cushioning of the foot. For more cushioning, try spenco standard insoles. If you want the insoles to have arch support as well, use the spenco polysorb cross trainer style. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture?

How to know if I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: Pain and swelling in area are some signs. See podiatrist for complete examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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My sister has a stress fracture in tibia. What's the likely treatment going to be?

Rest: Stress fractures occur when the stress of her activity level has gone beyond the ability of the bone to heal and repair itself. Treatment is usually rest, and is in part based in the degree if activity that led to it. For example, a runner may just have to stop for awhile; a sedentary person may need a cast and crutches. Discuss your specific case with your doctor. ...Read more

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What would be the differences between tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal stress fracture?

What would be the differences between tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal stress fracture?

Fracture=bone: A stress fracture would be an injury to the bone - basically a crack in the bone, like a crack in a vase. Tendonitis is a condition of the tendon, in which the tendon is inflammed. ...Read more

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How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

That is: difficult, because non-fracture stress injuries in the same region can have similar signs/symptoms. If you know for sure that you have a fracture, only xrays can demonstrate the healing response. Of course, if your symptoms have resolved, it is healed. ...Read more

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Is the barouk shoe effective for treating a stress fracture of the 2nd metatarsal?

Yes as long as the : Fracture is amenable to conservative care and isn't displaced greatly. But, so is a normal post op shoe. A normal post op shoe is also easier to walk with. The baroque shoe is n it always easy to walk in.... ...Read more

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History of 4 & 5 metatarsal stress fracture that healed.Now sharp grating pain is back. New xray shows nothing acute. Now what?

Possibly unrelated: If the former stress fractures are really healed, the pain may be completely unrelated and from something new. Have a MRI to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a stress fracture in your hip/pelvis? And treatment?

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture in your hip/pelvis? And treatment?

I guess pain: "hip/pelvis stress fracture" a curious medical diagnosis & one this doctor has never heard for symptoms in these structurally firm bone regions. Fractures (cracks) in these bones by & large occur from significant trauma & not from repetative biomechanical "stress"; unless person has severely advanced demineralization or wasting of bone mass & integrity from advanced age and/or a specific disease. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

X-ray and exam. : Most stress fractures in the foot will have local tenderness to the bone. An x-ray will usually show if you have a stress fracture or not. If the stress fracture is new it may not show up on an x-ray for 2-3 weeks. In the early period an MRI would be able to show if you have a stress fracture or not. ...Read more

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How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. ...Read more

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Describe difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?

Stress fracture: Is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is a general term for pain to the metatarsal head regions. Someone can have pain to the met heads from a skinny fat pad, or a bursitis etc it is a generic term. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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