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How do you deal with stress fractures?

How do you deal with stress fractures?

Rest: Stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity. The best way to treat these fractures is avoiding the aggravating activity. They tend to heal in approximately 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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

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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Will a navicular stress fracture still heal if i 'walk' in my cam walker without flexing my ankle? It is so hard to deal with two kids on crutches.

Will a navicular stress fracture still heal if i 'walk' in my cam walker without flexing my ankle? It is so hard to deal with two kids on crutches.

Navicular fracture: It will heal because the cam walker has a rocker bottom sole wich helps keep the foot from completing a complete gait cycle. With that said it will heal faster if you immobilize it completely. Any fracture takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks to heal with proper immobility. ...Read more

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Why are stress fractures so bad?

Why are stress fractures so bad?

Depends: Stress fractures are problematic mainly because they can be difficult to diagnose. As such, they may be initially under treated, thereby prolonging disability. ...Read more

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What does stress fractures feel like?

What does stress fractures feel like?

It feels like pain..: pain is the first physical symptom U feel. it is due 2, 2 much strain on a bone that it can't remodel fast enough 2 handle the tress which is usually due 2 a change in activity, or 2 rigorous training. usually in the foot in runners, but all bones R susceptible. if running U 1st notice it @ a certain distance & each run it hurts sooner & 1 seeks care. like bending a wire repeatedly. it fails. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have stress fractures?

How do I know if I have stress fractures?

XRAY: The initial test to check for a stress fracture is to do an x-ray. If the x-ray does not show the fracture, you can get an MRI to look for the break. A bone scan can also be done to look for a stress fracture, but it is not as specific as the mri. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have stress fractures?

How can I tell if I have stress fractures?

Symptoms & 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 time 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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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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