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What can I do if my foot hurts, how can I tell if it's a sprain or stress fracture?

What can I do if my foot hurts, how can I tell if it's a sprain or stress fracture?

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

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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How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and a strained tendon in the foot?

How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and a strained tendon in the foot?

An x-ray: Would be helpful, sometimes serial x-rays are needed. This is when an x-ray is taken and then repeated a week or 2 later. An MRI for sure can tell the difference. Finally, a good clinician based on clinical exam and history can often times make a highly educated guess. ...Read more

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How to tell if my ankle has a stress fracture?

How to tell if my ankle has a stress fracture?

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 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

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How can I tell if my ankle has a stress fracture or if it's just sprained?

How can I tell if my ankle has a stress fracture or if it's just sprained?

Location: If the pain is directly over a bone and there was no injury then there is a possibility of a stress fracture. If you rolled your ankle and hurt in front of the bone then it possible to be a sprain. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

Let it heal.: You don't really "get rid of a stress fracture, " you progress along the normal stages of bone healing. There of no "fastest way, " it just takes time. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

Evaluation: By a pediatrist, orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

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

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Could I have a stress fracture? I am a competitive diver and last week pain on the top of my foot started and it is only swollen a little.

Poss stress fracture: There is a possibility of a stress fracture. Not common from diving, however noted with other recurrent activities such as running. A sports medicine or orthopedic doctor can evaluate by getting a full account of what you have been doing. Also a good exam will also help evaluate your foot. Unfortunately an X-ray may see the stress fracture. Ultrasound to further evaluate your foot is done by some. ...Read more

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I have a stress fracture in 3rd metatarsal of left foot. Can I drive if I feel no pain? (my physio said it's fine) can it heal in 3 weeks?

I have a stress fracture in 3rd metatarsal of left foot. Can I drive if I feel no pain? (my physio said it's fine) can it heal in 3 weeks?

Stress fracture: Bone typically takes 6weeks to heal and I would have you in a surgical shoe which would not be safe driving. Just because you have no pain doesn't mean the bone is healed. You can delay healing by driving etc.. ...Read more

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I think I may have a stress fracture because I am an Irish Dancer and I practice 3 hours a day 2 times a week. Now I have a stabbing pain in my foot?

I think I may have a stress fracture because I am an Irish Dancer and I practice 3 hours a day 2 times a week. Now I have a stabbing pain in my foot?

Consult physician: You should see physician for examination and possible imaging. Most stress injuries require discontinuing activity producing problem for period of time. ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in the arch (bone area) of my left foot. It's made worse by activity, especially running. Do I have a stress fracture?

I'm having severe pain in the arch (bone area) of my left foot. It's made worse by activity, especially running. Do I have a stress fracture?

Fractures and Pain: There is no way in a cyber dialogue to diagnose fractures. Your troubles could be several things, but do not run until you get a evaluation at your physician's office or a foot expert's office. It is time to see someone. ...Read more

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What causes foot stress fracture?

What causes foot stress fracture?

I think if: You investigate closely you will find a high proportion of these patients to have vitamin d deficiency.
I examined chart records of the last 50 patients diagnosed with stress fractures. 49 of 50 all had vit d deficiency or insufficiency (less than 30 mg/dl). ...Read more

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How is a foot stress fracture diagnosed?

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

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What are the symptoms of having a foot stress fracture?

Pain: Pain may be intermittent or constant and progressively worse with weightbearing. You may also see swelling in the area and definitely pain on palpation of the site. ...Read more

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Can I tape my foot for a stress fracture?

Can I tape my foot for a stress fracture?

Taping: Proper athletic taping can be helpful for a metatarsal stress fracture. If the pain is alleviated by offloading the area with a combination of felt pads and athletic tape, then it is ok, otherwise a surgical shoe or a cam walker works much better. ...Read more

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How should I treat a stress fracture in my foot?

How should I treat a stress fracture in my foot?

Rest: Seek podiatric or orthopedic consulation. Rest the foot. Talk to your doctor about the option of acupuncture to reduce pain and expedite healing. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't treat a stress fracture of my foot?

What happens if I don't treat a stress fracture of my foot?

It could worsen: And the fracture can become bigger and or wider..... ...Read more

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How do you treat stress fracture in the feet?

How do you treat stress fracture in the feet?

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

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What to do about stress fracture in foot?

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

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How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

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

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How long does a stress fracture in the foot take to heal?

Depends: It would be good to know which bone was fractured.

In general it takes 6-8 weeks to heal depending on treatment. ...Read more

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Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

MAYBE: It could heal; conversely, it could evolve into a complete fx. Calcium level, vitamin D level, smoking all influence healing. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a stress fracture on your foot?

What is the best way to treat a stress fracture on your foot?

Depends: If a stress fracture is not displaced and is stable it can usually be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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What could happen if you run on a foot with a stress fracture?

Fracture: A stress fracture is the result of overuse and running in particular is a common cause of this condition. Running after diagnosis of stress fracture could result in affected bone fracturing frankly necessitating further treatment and/or surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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


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