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Could a small stress fracture in the heel cause pain to the the rest of the foot?

Could a small stress fracture in the heel cause pain to the the rest of the foot?

Yes : If you are walking on your foot as you are likely compensating and therefore straining the rest of the foot. ...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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Stress fracture in leg and twisted my ankle a month back. Cast is now removed, but there is substantial swelling at foot area. Is this normal?

Stress fracture in leg and twisted my ankle a month back. Cast is now removed, but there is substantial swelling at foot area. Is this normal?

Post cast Edema ?: Swelling after the cast is removed is quite common. It is known as post cast edema. Swelling is actually due to the cast's long term effect on the lymphatic vessels. Some edema might also be due to the actual damage to the soft tissue at the ankle level. Treatment with elevation, compression stockings and physical therapy would help stem the tide. ...Read more

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Can twisting your ankle cause a stress fracture?

Can twisting your ankle cause a stress fracture?

Yes: You should see a physician. You may need an x-ray or other imaging study. ...Read more

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Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?

Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?

It can take a while: Tendons receive a relatively poor blood supply, and can take a long time to heal. You need to rest it as much as possible. As hard as it might be, what rests that area better than anything is a non-weight bearing cast, and even this may take a couple of months. Wish i had better news. Good luck and feel better! ...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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Athlete think w/sesamoiditis (clean xray 1 mo ago).pain getting much worse w/PT. noticing ankle stiffness and top of foot discomfort. stress fracture?

Athlete think w/sesamoiditis (clean xray 1 mo ago).pain getting much worse w/PT. noticing ankle stiffness and top of foot discomfort. stress fracture?

It's possible: Stress fractures in the midfoot are common after an injury to the toe region since patients compensate more during that recovery... which can weaken the midfoot bones. Definitely get checked out and an xray to confirm any fractures! ...Read more

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I'm a runner. I have severe pain on the side of my shin bone, and the arch of my foot, I just got over Achilles tendonosis. Is this a stress fracture?

I'm a runner. I have severe pain on the side of my shin bone, and the arch of my foot, I just got over Achilles tendonosis. Is this a stress fracture?

Maybe: It could be a number of things incl stress fracture(s), strain resulting from poor foot mechanics, nerve inflammation, & more.A proper history and physical, incl. osteopathic exam may find the cause.Other tests may help.Treatment may include rest, ice, heat, orthotics, better running shoes, gait evaluation, prolotherapy, neuroprolotherapy, manipulation, medications, surgery, etc. See your dr. ...Read more

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Help me please! there's a small stress fracture in heel. How do you treat this?

Help me please! there's a small stress fracture in heel. How do you treat this?

Time ; patience: The treatment involves non weight bearing ; wait 4 it 2 heal which may take up 2 a year. As we r a walking people ; only 2 legs, that means crutches 4 a long time. I usually followed the progress using ct's as time passes. As the fracture line becomes poorly cn on x-ray, , ct will allow better visualization to judge healing. Bone scans will b+ 4 up 2 a year or more after healing. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do a stress fracture feel in your ankle. Would a X-ray show a stress fracture?

How do a stress fracture feel  in your ankle. Would a X-ray  show a stress fracture?

Symptoms & 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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Went to the Dr. With heel pain. Took xrays and it said I have a stress fracture. What can ido to relieve the pain.

Went to the Dr. With heel pain. Took xrays and it said I have a stress fracture. What can ido to relieve the pain.

Heel pain: We have not examined you mor do we know your medical history. This is a question that you need to ask your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if heel pain is plantar fasciitis or stress fracture?

How do I know if  heel pain is plantar fasciitis or stress fracture?

X-ray.: The best way to know is to get an x-ray of your foot. Another clue is when it hurts: stress fractures are all the time, while pf hurts most with the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting for a long time. ...Read more

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I have some stiffness in the ankle when wearing gym shoes. Could it be a stress fracture?

I have some stiffness in the ankle when wearing gym shoes. Could it be a stress fracture?

Shoe gear: It could be the shoe gear . You are probably doing impact sports at your gym. Jumping , running or anything that causes you to land hard on your feet can cause pain in the feet and ankles. Stiffness is probably from not stretching enough which is usually the case with most people who go to the gym. You should go see a physician for x-rays and a correct diagnosis ...Read more

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Dr. Said I had a stress fracture that healed itself on my small toes area-how come I didn't know? 1/16 ankle tendinitis could that be similar pain ?

Stress fracture: Is not a complete farcture or broken bone. The evidence of a previous stress fracture can be picked up sometimes on xray, CT scan or even MRI. You may have only noticed some joint pain or tenderness and it may not have caused you a lot of pain. It could result from a fall, trauma like stubbing your toe really hard or an increase in activity. If it did not bother you, you may have healed quickly. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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