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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. Chad Levitt
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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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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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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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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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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