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Can you still walk on a stress fracture? Horrible pain while walking but I am still able to walk. No trauma occurred. Random numbness. Dull throbbing

Can you still walk on a stress fracture? Horrible pain while walking but I am still able to walk. No trauma occurred. Random numbness. Dull throbbing

If you have pain: Then I would not walk on it.....if it occured without any history of trauma then you should check your vitamin d levels..... ...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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Can you walk if you have a hip stress fracture?

Can you walk if you have a hip stress fracture?

No: Mr. Stein. I feel bad for the problem. A stress fracture is still a fracture and must be seen by an orthopedist. If you walk on it you may make it worse ...Read more

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Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

MAYBE: It could heal; conversely, it could evolve into a complete fx. Calcium level, vitamin D level, smoking all influence healing. ...Read more

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I believe I have a stress fracture in my heal making it painful to walk. Can this heal on its own if I have to walk on it everyday? Is a brace needed?

I believe I have a stress fracture in my heal making it painful to walk. Can this heal on its own if I have to walk on it everyday? Is a brace needed?

Stress fracture?: Difficult to say without some imaging evidence whether you have a heel fracture. If you are a runner or consistent walker it may be although its also possible that you may have a calcaneal heel spur. There are other considerations such as tendinitis or bursitis, so you really need a full examination and perhaps rest / ice /antiinflammatory with follow up imaging if not better. ...Read more

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Pretty convinced I have a mild stress fracture on my 4th metatarsal. Can this heal on its own or does it need a doctor? I can walk with it pretty fine

Pretty convinced I have a mild stress fracture on my 4th metatarsal. Can this heal on its own or does it need a doctor? I can walk with it pretty fine

Usually heals ok: If there is no pain and no discomfort then it should heal ok Be sure to wear good support shoes If increase pain then see provider ...Read more

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Can I still walk my dog with a boot (for stress fracture of foot)?

Can I still walk my dog with a boot (for stress fracture of foot)?

Foot fx: This depends on the location of the fracture. As long as it is not a fifth metatarsal jones fracture most likely you can bear weight in a protective boot or shoe. Talk with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Stress fracture- 3rd met.- 17 weeks boot, crutches. X-ray- not healed, pain, but specialist says walk normally, no boot. Is that okay or 2nd opinion?

Stress fracture- 3rd met.- 17 weeks boot, crutches. X-ray- not healed, pain, but specialist says walk normally, no boot. Is that okay or 2nd opinion?

Ask, and receive.: It seems hard to believe that an experienced specialist would have you walk on your foot, if he believed that your foot wasn't healed. The decision of healing, after 17 weeks, may take more verification than a x-ray can show. Seventeen weeks can be frustrating for both you and the specialist. I suggest you get a second opinion, in fact, it might be considerate to ask him for a referral for one. ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks preg. I think I have a stress fracture in my 1st metatarsal for 3 months & not healed yet. No pain but red & swollen when I try to walk/use?

I'm 26 weeks preg. I think I have a stress fracture in my 1st metatarsal for 3 months & not healed yet. No pain but red & swollen when I try to walk/use?

Need a podiatrist: You probably need to immobilize the foot for a while. A podiatrist (or an orthopedist) might be able to fit you with a boot/brace to help you heal. This is a tough time to have your activity limited! And the extra pregnancy weight is not helping the healing process. I'm sorry! But proper care now might help avoid a longer term problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Feels like a stress fracture in top of left foot. Ice or heat.... Hurts to try to walk?

Feels like a stress fracture in top of left foot. Ice or heat.... Hurts to try to walk?

Such: An issue may benefit from rest and ice. You should have an x-ray to further evaluate situation, talk to an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My foot hurts when I walk hurts when flex my foot up I had a stress fracture in foot about 9 months ago what else could it b?

My foot hurts when I walk hurts when flex my foot up I had a stress fracture in foot about 9 months ago what else could it b?

Have a foot exam...: Your stress fracture 9 months ago may have been more than just the bone injury. There are several soft tissue structures that overlay the top of the foot. There are tendons and ligaments which may have been damaged. Have the foot checked properly. See a podiatrist for a full foot exam. You had a bone scan and ct scan, but an MRI is a better diagnostic test to evaluate the soft tissue. ...Read more

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Normal to still have pain with a slow to heal (17 wks), but says doctor, practically healed (no xray check), met stress fracture? Scared to walk on it

Normal to still have pain with a slow to heal (17 wks), but says doctor, practically healed (no xray check), met stress fracture? Scared to walk on it

Check X-ray: Is Important to get an X-ray and if everything still normal and the pin is still present a MRI then should be indicated. Someone this diagnostic tools are important to determine if there is anything missing that could be causing the pain. ...Read more

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How do I know when a foot stress fracture is healed b/c my foot hurts when walking but not when I'm resting soon as start to walk it hurts so bad?

How do I know when a foot stress fracture is healed b/c my foot hurts when walking but not when I'm resting soon as start to walk it hurts so bad?

Have an X-ray: The only way to determine if a fracture has healed is to not healing across the fracture site with an xray. If you walk on a stress fracture that is not healed, you can risk creating a complication - possibly a displaced fracture. See the doctor and get x-rays. ...Read more

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Can a person with a tibial or a fibula stress fracture (shin splints) still walk or is almost impossible?

Can a person with a tibial or a fibula stress fracture (shin splints) still walk or is almost impossible?

Depends: This would depend on the amount of pain and the severity of the shin splints. Some people with shin splints can still run, while others will really struggle to even walk. I would recommend that you see an orthopedist for evaluation/treatment if your symptoms are really severe. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture of the intermediate cuneiform bone 2yrs develop a cyst, walk at unusually fast pace at work (8-10 miles a day)on concrete *pics*?

Can a stress fracture of the intermediate cuneiform bone 2yrs develop a cyst, walk at unusually fast pace at work (8-10 miles a day)on concrete *pics*?

An xray,: Ct scan or MRI would be able to tell you what the situation of the bone. Is that what normally happens? No.
But, if a cyst is present it doesn't really matter how it got there the idea is to deal with it. Meaning treat it if necessary. ...Read more

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Hi, I had my cast off 3 weeks ago after a stress fracture, I now have pain and swelling at side off foot, could it be soft tissue damage?? It's very painful to walk on.

Hi, I had my cast off 3 weeks ago after a stress fracture, I now have pain and swelling at side off foot, could it be soft tissue damage?? It's very painful to walk on.

See doctor: If you have new or recurrent pain after a stress fracture, you may have re-injured the area. Try not to bear much weight on the foot, and make an appointment with the doctor who treated your stress fracture. ...Read more

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I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?

Plantar fasciitis: Painful head of metatarsal area could be joint irritation or tendons, once you have ruled out a fracture. RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation may work well. A short 5 day course of NSAID (Motrin, Ibuprofen, aleve, or naproxen) may help also ...Read more

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Metatarsal stress fracture-ok to walk in boot? Originally non- weight bearing, then limited with crutches. Not healed, still sore, swollen- 3 months.

Metatarsal stress fracture-ok to walk in boot? Originally non- weight bearing, then limited with crutches. Not healed, still sore, swollen- 3 months.

Sounds Amiss.: If it is still swollen and still painful after three months, then it is. More that likely not healed. It makes no sense to continue to put pressure on an apparently unstable fracture. You need to have it re-evaluated to determine the true extent of the healing or non-healing, whichever it may be. ...Read more

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Will a navicular stress fracture still heal if I 'walk' in my cam walker without flexing my ankle? It is so hard to deal with two kids on crutches.

Will a navicular stress fracture still heal if I 'walk' in my cam walker without flexing my ankle? It is so hard to deal with two kids on crutches.

Navicular fracture: It will heal because the cam walker has a rocker bottom sole wich helps keep the foot from completing a complete gait cycle. With that said it will heal faster if you immobilize it completely. Any fracture takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks to heal with proper immobility. ...Read more

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Is 12 weeks on crutches long enough for a heel stress fracture to heal? It still hurts to walk on it. The MRI showed a stress fracture in heel along with bone edema. Help.

Is 12 weeks on crutches long enough for a heel stress fracture to heal? It still hurts to walk on it. The MRI showed a stress fracture in heel along with bone edema. Help.

Yes: 6-8 wks is all that is typically required for a stree fracture to heal. Most likely the bone is healed but the plantar fascia has tightened up due to non weightbearing and is now becoming inflamed. However if the bone has not healed you may have osteopenia, calcium or vitamin d deficiency. You should see your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when I walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when I walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Stress Fracture?: Stress fracture can present as you described. Discuss the results of the scan with your doctor and don't be afraid to look for a second opinion, it always helps. ...Read more

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Will tibial stress fracture heal if I walk on it? I'm talking about regular walking around at my job...I can't wear a boot/brace at my job.

Will tibial stress fracture heal if I walk on it? I'm talking about regular walking around at my job...I can't wear a boot/brace at my job.

Stress fracture: Depends...As long as you stay with low impact activities, most stress fractures will heal. However, the tibia shaft has poorer blood supply compared to other bones & in rarer circumstances will not heal & require surgery to fix. Talk with your ortho for additional info. ...Read more

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Met. Stress fracture- 17 wks, not healed, sore. Xray- moderate callus. Ortho specialist- 4 more weeks boot then walk. What if not healed? 2nd opinion?

Check labs: Stress fractures are often related to activity but can also have a metabolic component such as low vitamin d, thyroid/parathyroid disorder as well. A series of blood tests can often help to rule out the common associated causes. ...Read more

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Met. Stress fracture- 34 wks not healed, ORIF 14 wks ago. Dr, physio say callus, still healing- no running but walk in shoes. Sore, swells- advice? .

Met. Stress fracture- 34 wks not healed, ORIF 14 wks ago. Dr, physio say callus, still healing- no running but walk in shoes. Sore, swells- advice? .

Concerning: It is a little concerning that it is not yet healed. Options are to give it more time, or use a bone stimulator, or consider addition of growth factors to area. The presence of callus there suggests some healing is occurring and it just may take more time. ...Read more

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My 5 year old jumped off trampoline and hurt foot. Xray fine but now is throwing up and cant walk on it. Possible stress fracture xray didn't show?

My 5 year old jumped off trampoline and hurt foot. Xray fine but now is throwing up and cant walk on it. Possible stress fracture xray didn't show?

Foot sprain: Inability to bear weight is expected in this kind of isolated trauma. Stress fractures occur in the context of extended athletics and are unusual in this age of child with this kind of mechanism. If the fall was not witnessed by an adult, then you can't be sure the child didn't hit his head, in which case vomiting is a concern. Call your pediatrician now to sort out next steps. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more