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Doctor insights on: How Would I Know If I Have A Hairline Fracture In My Foot

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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How would i know if I have a hairline fracture in my foot?

How would  i know if I have a hairline fracture in my foot?

A foot x-ray: Foot x-rays will diagnose most obvious fractures of the foot. There are less obvious forms of injury, such as a stress fracture that might require specialized testing (such as a bone scan or mri). These can detect bone injury where normal x-rays cannot. ...Read more

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I have constant pain and weakness in my foot and part of my ankle is sunken in. Help! I have been under the care of a podiatrist for 2 years. I have had 20+ sprains and strains since i was 10. I am 26 now. I had a hairline fracture 2 years ago and receive

I have constant pain and weakness in my foot and part of my ankle is sunken in. Help! I have been under the care of a podiatrist for 2 years. I have had 20+ sprains and strains since i was 10. I am 26 now. I had a hairline fracture 2 years ago and receive

I : I think it's time for a second opinion. You're incredibly young to have all this going on in your foot & ankle, and i would also get an MRI to see exactly where the tears and damage is. I would strongly discourage you from any "exploratory surgery" in an effort to "fix" what's wrong. I would get an accurate diagnosis first. I'm also concerned about those cortisone injections you were getting for a stress fracture. I've never heard of giving cortisone for a stress fracture. In fact, quite the contrary, steroids tend to delay healing of fractures, and they come with the risk of tendon rupture, which you apparently had. Please get a second opinion before proceeding any further. Preferably with either a foot & ankle orthopedist or a podiatrist certified in foot & ankle surgery by the american board of podiatric surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hairline fracture foot child no cast?

Hairline fracture foot child no cast?

Yes and no.: It will depend where the broken bone is and the stability of the hairline fracture. If it is in an unstable region, a cast (and possibly nonweight-bearing) may be a good choice. ...Read more

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Will a hairline fracture to the foot always need a cast?

Will a hairline fracture to the foot always need a cast?

Not always: Usually a fracture needs to be adequately protected, but sometimes a boot or special shoe would pretect the fracture well enough to eliminate the need for a cast. ...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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Intermittent episodes intense burning pain in right foot when walking. Doc says no neuropathy, maybe hairline fracture, gout rheumatism? Other causes?

Intermittent episodes intense burning pain in right foot when walking. Doc says no neuropathy, maybe hairline fracture, gout rheumatism? Other causes?

Get another opinion: Unless there is also intense swelling and redness you can rule out gout. Rheumatism is a vague term that has no real significance in this situation. See an orthopedist to start. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter ankle braces good enough if I have a hairline fracture?

Typically yes: Non displaced fractures are usually stable and if a lace up brace provides good pain relief, then it is typically acceptable. Pain with any fracture should be respected and could signify a more significant injury. ...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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What are some signs of a hairline fracture in your ankle?

What are some signs of a hairline fracture in your ankle?

Pain & Swelling: The symptoms of a hairline/occult fracture include persistent pain, swelling and difficulty walking and standing on the ankle. These can also be small enough that they are not revealed on normal x-rays. If these persist longer than your doctor indicated for a sprain, additional testing such as an MRI or bone scan might need to be considered. Good luck. ...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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How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?

How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?

No difference: A "hairline fracture" is a layman's term for a non-displaced fracture (a break in the bone, but the bone has not move out of position at all). All hairline fractures are fractures, but not all fractures are hairline fractures, as fractures are often times displaced due to the force of the injury and/or due to the muscle pull of the surrounding muscles. ...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