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Doctor insights on: Shin Splint Pain Vs Stress Fracture

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How to distinguish a stress fracture vs having shin splints?

How to distinguish a stress fracture vs having shin splints?

Area covered: Shin splints typically (but not always) hurt over a wide area, while a stress fracture is more point tenderness. Imaging studies may be indicated to determine if you have a stress fracture. ...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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Is immobilization necessary for cuboid stress fracture?

Is immobilization necessary for cuboid stress fracture?

Foot fracture=rest: Definitely no motion! rest it completely until it heals. Never take a fracture in the foot for granted! ...Read more

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Does tibial stress syndrome require shin guard?

Does tibial stress syndrome require shin guard?

Mayo clinic website : Recommends the following for medial tibial stress syndrome, commonly known as shin splints: rest, ice to the effected area, decrease swelling by elevating leg above the heart, wear proper shoes, consider getting arch supports, and take otc pain meds. If your doctor has ordered something else, however, i would follow his or her directions because they know your case well. ...Read more

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Pateller strain or tibia shin splints?

Pateller strain or tibia shin splints?

Depends: Depends where the pain is. Patellar tendonitis pain is higher up near the knee cap, and shin splints are lower down on the inner aspect of the tibia bone. ...Read more

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Can shin splints cause stress fractures in your foot?

Can shin splints cause stress fractures in your foot?

Not directly, but...: Shin splints are usually caused by irritation in the lining of the bone (periosteum) of the shins. Stress fractures result from repeated stress to a bone. If you are overdoing a certain exercise, sport, or activity you can cause and or worsen shin splints and/or stress fractures. The two are not related to each other, but may be related to your activity. ...Read more

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Is shin splint typical with sciatica nerve pain ?

No: Shin splints are different than sciatica pain. Sciatica pain originates from the low back spine area and shin splints are local to the anterior leg due to irritation at the muscle bone junction. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

Whats the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

A stress fracture : Is a crack in the outer layer of the bone. (think eggshell), shin splints are micro tears of the attachments of the muscle to the bone.... ...Read more

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How to differentiate accessory navicular pain from navicular stress fracture?

How to differentiate accessory navicular pain from navicular stress fracture?

By seeing an ortho--: Pedist and be properly diagnosed. Xrays, ct scan and possibly a bone scan will be employed to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

Shin splints is a : General term for shin pain, usually after sports or exercise. Stress fractures are one specific cause of shin pain and so are often listed as a cause of "shin splints". ...Read more

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PCLavulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adj tibial bone edema.grade1 strain of ACL.grade2strain lateral coll lig strain.is surgery req?

PCLavulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adj tibial bone edema.grade1 strain of ACL.grade2strain lateral coll lig strain.is surgery req?

Yes, it should if-: -U expect 2 have a functioning knee 4 the rest of Ur life. It can only separate more, & a simple reduction & fixation will do what U want it 2 do, reunite the fragment 2 the tibia. The image is a tear & requires a major reconstruction if not fixed. U risk the fragment becoming a nonunion. ...Read more

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How can i distinguish between peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture?

How can i distinguish between peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture?

Clinically: By palpation an astute clinician appreciates the difference in anatomical location which can be subtle as the proximity of the two is obvious, diagnostic testing such as MRI would differentiate. But, kep in mind treatment can be similiar, so if you go into a cam walker boot you should heal either and don't really have to know which it is. Tendonitis is the more common of the two. ...Read more

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Avulsion fracture of cuboid left foot. Sprain of calcaneofibular ligament in tibial walker boot, triathlete. Time to return to training??

Avulsion fracture of cuboid left foot. Sprain of calcaneofibular ligament
in tibial walker boot, triathlete. Time to return to training??

It takes about 6-8: weeks for bone to heal. If your a triathlete then I would not recommend you returning until this time elapses to ensure complete healing. Obviously you need to work closely to the doc you are seeing who will evaluate you clinically and radiographically. ...Read more

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Chronic top of foot pain following excess standing. Post walking/running pain. Mri neg. For stress fx or tendonitis. No obvious dx. Ideas?

Probably Tendonitis: Even though your mris were negative, low grade tendonitis of the extensor tendons on the top of the feet can be negative on mris. If the top of your foot hurts to pull your toes up and/or down, probably 95% chance of tendonitis. ...Read more

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Fractured tibia medial malleolus non displaced no surgery, 13wks and no healing on xray. Will bearing weight or massage help healing?

Bone stimulator: As long as there is no displacement, it may just need a little jump start. The best way to do achieve this is via a bone stimulator. A device about the size of an ipod is strapped to your leg and transmits a current across the fracture site. Such a charge is actually a physiologic response to bone healing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a medial shin stress fracture vs a stress reaction?

The symptoms: Can be the same sometimes diagnostic test like X-ray, MRI or bone scan help make e diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Surgery, not always: Operative stabilization of femoral shaft fractures has been shown to improve overall outcome in most cases. This is dependent upon the patient being stable enough to withstand surgery and the ability of the surgical team to be able to gain stabilization of the fracture (may be affected by previous hardware, bone quality, deformity, patient reliability, limb control and other factors. ...Read more

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Is a shin splint different from a fracture?

Is a shin splint different from a fracture?

Yes: Chin splint is inflammation of the fascia which insert on the bone, the fracture is a broken bone. Thank you.. ...Read more

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Confirmed fractured heel spur. 16 weeks later, 2 shots, night splint, air splint, nsaids and orthotic inserts, i'm still in pain. Is this normal?

Confirmed fractured heel spur.  16 weeks later, 2 shots, night splint, air splint, nsaids and orthotic inserts, i'm still in pain. Is this normal?

Combo treatment. : The more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). If these things haven't helped, you may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. If there's a fracture, you may need casting and immobilization. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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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