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May have a compressed/fractured growth plate in my foot. I don't think it's severe but it throbs and I have a ton of pain. Would I get a boot or a cast?

May have a compressed/fractured growth plate in my foot. I don't think it's severe but it throbs and I have a ton of pain. Would I get a boot or a cast?

Fracture: Either. Fractures are best treated with some type of immobilization. The problem with a boot is it can be removed. They are nice as they can be removed for sleep, bathing, etc. If the pain is not controlled with the cast boot, then moving to a fiberglass cast or plaster cast would be the next option. See your orthopedic dr or podiatrist. ...Read more

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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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May have fractured foot growth plate. If so would I get a cast or boot?

May have fractured foot growth plate. If so would I get a cast or boot?

Possible: Depending on the Orthopedic specialist and the bone fractured they will either five a walking boot or cast. Good luck ...Read more

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Waiting to see specialist. Doc said possible growth plate fracture. My son cant stand on foot and falls to ground. Is it normal to worsen everyday?

Waiting to see specialist. Doc said possible growth plate fracture. My son cant stand on foot and falls to ground. Is it normal to worsen everyday?

Stay off it.: If there is even the slightest possibility of a growth plate fracture, you son should not be standing. You need to keep the foot immobilized and elevated as much as possible. If there is swelling, apply ice. Depending on how long you have to wait to see a specialist, you might call your family doctor to push things along. ...Read more

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How to help ankle pain from fractured growth plate injury that happened over a year ago?

How to help ankle pain from fractured growth plate injury that happened over a year ago?

See a specialist: There are different types of growth plate fractures. If the fracture involved the ankle joint then there may be damage in the joint cartilage causing the pain. Any misalignment of a bone in the joint can also cause pain. You need to see a specialist who will evaluate and possibly take an MRI to see if there is any damage in the joint. ...Read more

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I fractured my growth plate in my left ankle was in a cast for 4 weeks and then was but in an ankle corset for 3 but I still can't run. What do I do?

I fractured my growth plate in my left ankle was in a cast for 4 weeks and then was but in an ankle corset for 3 but I still can't run. What do I do?

Ankle injury: If your doctor didn't send you for physical therapy ask them to, assuming you are healed. Also when muscle isn't used for many weeks they get weak and takes time to be ready for activity. Do not run until cleared by dr. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a growth plate fracture in the ankle to heal?

How long will it take for a growth plate fracture in the ankle to heal?

4 to 6 weeks: Not all ankle fractures are the same. Healing depends on where the fracture is and the severity of it. A small number of these fractures require surgery. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a fracture in the ankle growth plate?

What are the signs and symptoms of a fracture in the ankle growth plate?

Pain and swelling: See a doctor for evaluation. Grow plate injuries can possible impede growth of the bone if not treated properly. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle after a fall in PE. I have had recent injuries on this ankle such as a growth plate fracture, now its making cracking noises?

I sprained my ankle after a fall in PE. I have had recent injuries on this ankle such as a growth plate fracture, now its making cracking noises?

May be osteoarthriti: This may be osteoarthritis. There can be other things cartilage tear, joint mouse etc. You can discuss this your physician You may need additional imaging ...Read more

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Will a fracture on a growth plate (on the ankle) extend into nearby bone? Doctor couldn't tell sprain vs. Fracture on X-Ray of ankle.

Will a fracture on a growth plate (on the ankle) extend into nearby bone? Doctor couldn't tell sprain vs. Fracture on X-Ray of ankle.

No, but.. .: The real problem is how badly if at all, the growth plate has been injured. This could change the rate of growth. At 16 you may not have too much growth left in the distal tibial. All you can do is watch at this point. I GUESS that you'll be OK. ...Read more

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I've fractured the growthplate in each ankle before but there was almost no swelling. Why could this be?

I've fractured the growthplate in each ankle before but there was almost no swelling. Why could this be?

It is strange?: When you have fracture in the ankle this happened due to trauma, I am very surprised you no swelling. ...Read more

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What happens if I walk on a fractured growth plate?

Displaces fracture: An initial nondisplaced fracture can displace and require operative open reduction internal fixation. Also if the fracture is unstable walking on it may not allow it to heal. ...Read more

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Could a fractured growth plate from four years ago still be causing problems in my thumb?

Could a fractured growth plate from four years ago still be causing problems in my thumb?

Yes: It is possible that a growth plate injury could effect your thumb years later. There can be shortening, deformity, stiffness, and sometimes even pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see you hand or orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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If a thumb had a fractured growth plate 4 years ago could it still be causing problems now? Can it be fixed?

If a thumb had a fractured growth plate 4 years ago could it still be causing problems now? Can it be fixed?

Maybe: Growth plate fractures can be problematic. Best to see ortho hand specialist. In addition to X-ray, might want to see mri or bone scan of area. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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My thumb swells up from taking notes in class or barely bumping then hurts to where I can't move it fractured growth plate 4 years ago is that why?

Possible: If that was the same side as the injury, it could absolutely have something to do with your current symptoms. Since it is causing problems, see a hand surgeon for a consultation. There may be some physical or occupational therapy that could help, but you want to make sure there's nothing wrong that requires an operation as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My thumb swells up and turns black and blue from barely hitting it or even taking notes in class fractured growth plate and tore tissue 8th gr. Now sr

My thumb swells up and turns black and blue from barely hitting it or even taking notes in class fractured growth plate and tore tissue 8th gr. Now sr

Get it checked...: Glomus tumor can because discoloration and sensitivity. It's usually very cold sensitive. Typically occur beneath the nail. X-rays can be helpful, but sometimes an MRI is necessary. ...Read more

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How to know if I stopped growing or fractured a growth plate?

X-Ray: An x-ray can determine the answer to both of those questions. You are done growing once the growth plates fuse (especially the ones in the legs and spine), though often an x-ray of the wrist can help see if growth has stopped; however, we wouldn't typically do this unless there was a reason to suspect an abnormality. If you sustained an injury, an x-ray can also see if a growth plate was fractured. ...Read more

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Can orthopedics see your growth plate in your wrist? I think I might have fractured it, can they see the growth plate in an X-ray type thing?

Can orthopedics see your growth plate in your wrist? I think I might have fractured it, can they see the growth plate in an X-ray type thing?

Growth plates: Growth plates are visible on x-ray if the patient is still developing. Once the growth plates close, they are no longer visible on x-ray and the patient stops growing. All growth plates in your body should be closed at this point. If you feel that you fractured your wrist, I would recommend evaluation by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I fell on my fractured growth plate and it hurts worse. What should I do.?

I fell on my fractured growth plate and it hurts worse. What should I do.?

Re-xray: If there is increased pain after a reinjury to the fracture, the only reasonable plan is to get it re-xrayed. Please get it checked! ...Read more