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Foot Sprain Vs Stress Fracture
Is there any way I can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
PAIN: Usually pinpoint pain with palpation. Swelling-maybe, maybe not. ...Read more
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
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
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
Foot still hurts from having a stress fracture is it healed or should I go back to the doctor it's been 5 months?
After recovering from a stress fracture in their foot/leg, is it supposed to hurt at all when first starting to run?
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?
Suspected a stress fracture in the top of my foot, but an MRI yesterday came out totally clear. Still experiencing pain after 4 weeks. Other causes?
Nerve entrapment: Is possibility, eith locally in foot or in lower back.. ...Read more
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?
So I walk a lot my foot been hurting a lot when walking I've had a stress fracture in my foot from overuse what could b causing this pain even when i?
-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
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