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Is there any way I can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?

Is there any way I can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?

X-Ray is needed: Stress fracture and sprains can feel the same, so an x-ray is in order to rule one out. Treatment options would also be quite different depending on the diagnosis. ...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 can I do if my foot hurts, how can I tell if it's a sprain or stress fracture?

What can I do if my foot hurts, how can I tell if it's a sprain or stress fracture?

Stress Fracture???: It could be a fracture (broken bone) a sprain (torn ligaments) or a strain (stretched out ligaments). Have a physical exam by a podiatrist to make sure which one it is and follow the treatment recommendations. Sometimes, just a compressive wrap is needed, maybe a splint or a walking boot. It's tough to say exactly without an exam. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my ankle has a stress fracture or if it's just sprained?

How can I tell if my ankle has a stress fracture or if it's just sprained?

Location: If the pain is directly over a bone and there was no injury then there is a possibility of a stress fracture. If you rolled your ankle and hurt in front of the bone then it possible to be a sprain. ...Read more

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High sprain ankle stress fracture on 1. The other ankle hurts now after 11 weeks using crutches and some exercises. Hard to move around what do I do?

High sprain ankle stress fracture on 1. The other ankle hurts now after 11 weeks using crutches and some exercises. Hard to move around what do I do?

This happens: This happens often, due to the fact that you have placed all of your weight in the last 11 weeks on the contralateral leg and ankle. You have developed tendinitis at this time. Ice, elevate and compress. Also if you are receiving physical therapy at this time for the broken ankle, you may want to let your therapist know about the pain. Let you doctor know as well. ...Read more

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Son had severe ankle sprain, and still has pain. Mri shows a pre stress fracture of talus bone with lesion on talus. What is pre stress fracture?

Son had severe ankle sprain, and still has pain. Mri shows a pre stress fracture of talus bone with lesion on talus. What is pre stress fracture?

MRI finding...: A pre-stress fracture is where a bone is starting to hurt but does not ever fully manifest on x-ray. Pre stress fracture syndrome requires a shorter duration of treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat stress fracture in the feet?

How do you treat stress fracture in the feet?

Boot. Wb protection: Depends on where the stress fx. Is but in a young pt. Like you if u have a metatarsal stress fx. (most common) a protectective boot or cam-walker for 6-8 wks. Weight-bearing is increased as the fracture heals. A bone stimulator may be indicated if healing is slow. See your ors. ...Read more

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How is a foot stress fracture diagnosed?

How is a foot stress fracture diagnosed?

X-ray or MRI: A stress fracture in the foot may not initially show up on x-ray. If the area still hurts 1-2 months later then a second x-ray may show some signs of new bone growth indicative of a stress fracture. Or you can get an MRI scan that is more detailed and may show the stress fracture site via swelling internally or on the surface of the bone. ...Read more

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What to do about stress fracture in foot?

Stay off it: You need to stay off of it using a cast or walking boot to protect it. Also, you should be under a doctors care to make sure it is healing, has not shifted or moved and is in proper alignment to heal. If it is out of alignment you may need surgery as you don't want it to heal in the wrong position. ...Read more

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How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

Depends on what bone: Depending on which bone is fractured and how badly it is fractured. Sometimes staying off completely until it heals, sometimes wearing a stiff shoe or fracture boot so you do not bend foot when walking will work. You need to talk to a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

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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What is the best way to treat a stress fracture on your foot?

What is the best way to treat a stress fracture on your foot?

Depends: If a stress fracture is not displaced and is stable it can usually be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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What could happen if you run on a foot with a stress fracture?

What could happen if you run on a foot with a stress fracture?

Fracture: A stress fracture is the result of overuse and running in particular is a common cause of this condition. Running after diagnosis of stress fracture could result in affected bone fracturing frankly necessitating further treatment and/or surgery. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a stress fracture in the foot?

Pain: It is usually diagnosed by x-ray. Some fractures require an MRI to properly diagnose. ...Read more

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Healing a stage 3 stress fracture on foot, treatment?

I would check: Your vitamin d levels. And wear a stiff soled shoe like a surgical shoe or walking boot. ...Read more

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Why is a stress fracture a big deal to foot ortho doc?

Stress fracture: If not treated properly with rest, immobilization and protected weight bearing; the stress fracture can convert to a complete fracture. Worst case it can displace or not heal properly requiring surgery. ...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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What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

Let it heal.: You don't really "get rid of a stress fracture, " you progress along the normal stages of bone healing. There of no "fastest way, " it just takes time. ...Read more

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Very painful foot after running last time, could it be a stress fracture?

Very painful foot after running last time, could it be a stress fracture?

Maybe: Having pain after (or during) activity is not a good sign. There is a possibility that you have a stress fracture, it could also be many other possible conditions. The first thing to do is back of on your activities, allow the symptoms to resolve, then slowly progress back into activities. If the symptoms do not resolve or return quickly, you should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a stress fracture of the foot to heal on its own without treatment?

Yes: The quickest route to healing would be to immobilize the foot, but the fracture will eventually heal on its own. The more pressurei n the area and the more motion trying to occur at the fracture line the more pain you will have. ...Read more

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Diagnosed sesamoiditis. It's getting worse, even with PT and now it sometimes is radiating to the rest of my foot. Actually a stress fracture?

Diagnosed sesamoiditis. It's getting worse, even with PT and now it sometimes is radiating to the rest of my foot. Actually a stress fracture?

Stress fracture: Of the sesamoid is in the differential diagnosis for sesamoiditis, X-rays or advanced imaging studies scan help, though the initial treatment is commonly the same ...Read more

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I was wondering I've had a stress fracture in foot the podiatrist told me that it will take a year to heal what happens if it doesn't heal when that?

I was wondering I've had a stress fracture in foot the podiatrist told me that it will take a year to heal what happens if it doesn't heal when that?

A year??: I have never seen or heard of a stress fracture take that long unless you have an autoimmune disease. We're you splinted, in cast or walking boot? Time for another opinion. Are you sure it was a stress fracture? ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


Dr. Walter Husar
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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