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Doctor insights on: How Do I Know If I Have A Hairline Fracture In My Pinky Toe Bone

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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I was told I have a hairline fracture in periosteum of pinky toe. What does that mean? I thought the periosteum was just a fibrous membrane?

I was told I have a hairline fracture in periosteum of pinky toe. What does that mean? I thought the periosteum was just a fibrous membrane?

You are right: You are right in saying that is not perfect terminology. The doctor may be implying that either you sustained a small occult fracture or that you injured the periosteum which can occur in a bone contusion. Either way, sound like a minor injury which should do well quickly. ...Read more

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I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

Follow dr.'s advice: 5th metacarpal fx. S are common. They can occur at the neck of the metacarpal ('boxers' fx.)or in the shaft. Commonly treated in splint (ulnar gutter) for 4-6 wks. Some take a full 8 weeks to heal. See your ors for folow-up and recccommendations! ...Read more

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If I have a hairline fracture below my big toe will I need a cast that comes up to my ankle or a cast that comes up to my knee or will I need one at all?

If I have a hairline fracture below my big toe will I need a cast that comes up to my ankle or a cast that comes up to my knee or will I need one at all?

Not at all: Typically nondisplaced fractures of the toes can be treated with a post-op walking shoe or nothing at all depending on the amount of pain you are having. ...Read more

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Will masturbation affect the bone healing process of a hairline fracture?

Will masturbation affect the bone healing process of a hairline fracture?

Unlikley unless: You injure the fracture. I.E. The chemical and physical response in the body will not interfere with this. As with any physical activity the important thing is to have caution if there is pain or discmfort during or right after that activity. ...Read more

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How serious is a hairline fracture to collar bone?

How serious is a hairline fracture to collar bone?

Not too serious: Usually the only treatment is an figure of 8 shoulder bandage to support the collar bone. Avoid excessive activity of the shoulder while the bone heals. A bone lump may result as the bone heals. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of ankle bone hairline fracture?

What are some of the symptoms of ankle bone hairline fracture?

Hairline fracture: Pain over bony area of injury, worsening pain on standing or working ankle, swelling, . ...Read more

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Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

What side of ankle: You could have a compression of either the sural nerve on the outside of the ankle or you could have posterior tibial nerve compression on the inside of the ankle.

Either way it is not normal and you should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods would help heal a broken bone or hairline fracture?

Please suggest what foods would help heal a broken bone or hairline fracture?

The best thing is to have: The normal well-balanced diet and keep being in good health. Do not take excessive vitamins or minerals and make sure you have a normal healthy intake of protein fats and carbohydrates. Make sure there aren't any deficiencies in your diet that made one at risk to an injury. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a hairline fracture in a toe to heal?

4-6 weeks: Most hairline fractures heal rather quickly. That said, some fractures seem to take their time and other still will not heal without some "help". Most toe fractures that are not displaced will heal uneventfully, and within 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Fell directly on patella. Pain at bottom. Also pain when lightly touching surface of bone. Surrounding muscle tightness. Maybe hairline fracture?

Possibly: The mechanism and symptoms you are describing could certainly represent a patella fracture. You might consider being seen for an X-ray just to make sure it does not need to be mobilized. Non displaced patella fractutes can be treated without surgery, but if it displaces surgery is often required. ...Read more

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Sports injury: shoulder sling recommendation for student living in the city. On saturday morning I dislocated my shoulder and sustained a hairline fracture on the top ball of my humerous bone. My doctor is recommending that I fully immobilize my right arm

Sports injury: shoulder sling recommendation for student living in the city. On saturday morning I dislocated my shoulder and sustained a hairline fracture on the top ball of my humerous bone. My doctor is recommending that I fully immobilize my right arm

Sling and swathe: Buy a shoulder sling that has a strap that goes around your waist to best immobilize it. This is called a shoulder immobilizer aka a sling and swathe. You really cannot cast a shoulder unless you want it wrapped around your chest. Also you may find sleeping in a easy chair or recliner will be much more comfortable for the first week or so. ...Read more

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If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing, if there is a fracture depending what type it is, some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint, let orthopedist decide, seek medical help, it is free in UK you are lucky. ...Read more

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Pinky side wrist, is it possible to feel a hairline fracture I'm my wrist but not show up on xray? Doc said to come back in 2 weeks for more xrays...

Pinky side wrist, is it possible to feel a hairline fracture I'm my wrist but not show up on xray? Doc said to come back in 2 weeks for more xrays...

U would feel pain--: --but may not show up on images. If I suspected a fracture I would splint it 2 protect it 4 the 2 wks. Part of the fracture healing is that the body absorbs bone @ the fracture site and then becomes visible on images. That's why the wait. ...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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more