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Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

X-ray: X-ray is the way to best tell this. Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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 can I tell if a bone in my hand is broken?

How can I tell if a bone in my hand is broken?

An X-ray will: Usually confirm if there is a fracture (but not all show up immediately). ...Read more

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What to do if there is a broken bone in my knee?

Depends: You may not need anything or you may need one or more of the following: crutches, an immobilizer brace, an unloader brace, simple brace, boot, or surgery. Its unclear as to what type of fracture you are experiencing. Discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss a fracture in an elbow and if it was fractured what symptoms wolould i have? Very concerned!

Is it possible to miss a fracture in an elbow and if it was fractured what symptoms wolould i have?  Very concerned!

Anything is possible: Elbow radiography can be difficult to interpret . If you have mechanical type symptoms such as locking or catching, or if you have persistent pain despite an appropriately period of rest (1-2 weeks) you may want to consider undergoing a repeat evaluation. ...Read more

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How to know if i dislocated my bone or is it a swollen vein?

How to know if i dislocated my bone or is it a swollen vein?

Very different.: A dislocated bone is usually the result of trauma and is very painful. A swollen vein can be a varicose vein and these are not tender unless they are clotted. If you had a dislocated bone, you would have significant pain with movement. See your md if necessary. ...Read more

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Can I have a fracture in my hand and not realize it is actually a fracture?

Can I have a fracture in my hand and not realize it is actually a fracture?

Yes possible: Yes some times regular x-rays will not show , especially corpal bones ( small bones of wrist ) see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How to know if i broke a bone in my foot?

X-ray: Along with proper examination. In certain cases further radiographic studies such as MRI might be needed. ...Read more

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How painful is a fracture or a break in the forearm? How to tell if I have one?

How painful is a fracture or a break in the forearm? How to tell if I have one?

X-ray: A fracture is usually quite painful initially. But, the only way to determine if you have a fracture is through a medical evaluation with an x-ray. ...Read more

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I think i may have broken my knuckle. How can I assess if it is broken? It is swollen and there is bruising.

I think i may have broken my knuckle. How can I assess if it is broken? It is swollen and there is bruising.

X-Ray: X-ray examination would be only definite test to show a fracture. However minor cortical fractures or stress fractures are often not seen on x-ray exam until 3-4 weeks later. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have broken a bone in my foot?

How would I  know if I have broken a bone in my foot?

X-ray: X-rays are most commonly used. A smaller bone fracture can be missed, but can be identified with a bone scan (nuclear) or ct. ...Read more

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Is it possible to break a bone and not know you have a broken bone?

Is it possible to break a bone and not know you have a broken bone?

Yes: Usually a fracture causes significant pain and swelling, alerting the patient and physician to the problem. Sometimes, though, fractures can be missed on radiographs and go undiagnosed. Other imaging studies can be helpful in those instances. ...Read more

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I think i may have broken my metatarsal because it is extremely swollen and bruised. What should I do for the quickest recovery? Or how can I determine if I should see a doctor is i can slightly walk on it

I think i may have broken my metatarsal because it is extremely swollen and bruised. What should I do for the quickest recovery? Or how can I determine if I should see a doctor is i can slightly walk on it

See a podiatrist: Not being able to walk on a broken bone is a fallacy. If your forefoot is swollen, bruised and painful with point tenderness over a metatarsal, it's likely broken. Like any other broken bone, it should be x-rayed to determine if it is aligned properly and then immobilized in proper alignment. It will be ~75% healed in 6-8 weeks provided you don't do anything to delay healing. ...Read more

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I fractured a bone in my knuckles 6yrs ago but i wasn't able to have it check to a medical person, is there any chance that it would be back to normal?

I fractured a bone in my knuckles 6yrs ago but i wasn't able to have it check to a medical person, is there any chance that it would be back to normal?

Probably not: After 6 years you hand is probably as good as it is going to be. You can try strengthening it with gently squeezing exercises but in terms of mobility change is unlikely. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a fractured or sprained shoulder?

Is there a way to know if I have a fractured or sprained shoulder?

Well..: A frature is going to be fairly painful and associated with a good injury. A strain is going to be more muscular. If you had a fall the easiest means of differentiating the two is an xray. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if my toe is fractured or broken?

In what way can I tell if my toe is fractured or broken?

Unless it is : Significantly angulated or deformed you may not be able to. Diagnosis is usually made with x-ray and medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi I have a broken foot and I have a full numb leg. Clothes hurt on it and struggle to walk on it. is it likely to be a tumour?

Hi I have a broken foot and I have a full numb leg. Clothes hurt on it and struggle to walk on it. is it likely to be a tumour?

If your foot is: Broken why walk on it ? How did you injure it? What exactly is broken? When did the leg numbness start? What is being done for it? No , I don't think its a tumor, where did a tumor come in? I would consider a pinched nerve before a tumor.... ...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