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A stress fracture in the hip is more
serious than almost any other
It will take several months to heal
and is unusual in that it is one
of the few stress fractures that may
require surgical fixation to allow the
best result. ...Read more
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
Is there any way I can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?
Intense foot pain on top of rt foot came on suddenly. Ortho doc said stress fracture or gout. Blood tests neg. Gout yet prednisone cleared it up.
Possible false neg: It is not uncommon for the uric acid level to be normal right after an acute gout attack. It can take time for the uric acid level to rise outside the normal range. I routinely do a sed rate blood test as well as a uric acid, knowing the uric acid may not be elevated in an acute attack. Being the steroids helpled, it is quite probable you had a gout attack. ...Read more
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
Non weightbearing: Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probably be able to gradually increase stress as symptoms resolve. Non weight stretching to keep joints mobile and tendons flexible are helpful. May need to see pt. Dr l. ...Read more
Remove Stress: A stress fracture is an overuse injury of the bone, typically a long bone of the legs or a foot bone resulting from increased stress on the bone that caused tiny cracks to develop. If the overuse (running, vigorous training) continues a complete fracture can result. Treatment consists of eliminating the inciting stress, using braces or crutches until the bone recovers. Osteoporosis is also a risk. ...Read more
Yes as long as the: Fracture is amenable to conservative care and isn't displaced greatly. But, so is a normal post op shoe. A normal post op shoe is also easier to walk with. The baroque shoe is n it always easy to walk in.... ...Read more
Relative Rest: Stress fractures are overuse injuries. Mainstay of treatment is rest. Requires athlete's injury be placed in whatever is necessary to eliminate pain. Casting/crutches for le injuries may be necessary. In some activity modification without bracing or immobilization may suffice. Underlying hormonal, vitamin deficiencies corrected. Training errors identified. If untreated may progress to fracture. ...Read more
Get the imaging: You need to have an orthopedic doctor check you with imaging study like an MRI to define fracture. In most such non displaced and uncomplicated cases no casting or brace is required except for conservative supportive care with rest and pain meds. You should follow up to make sure it heals at expected time, and only gradually increase your activities to avoid repeat episodes and promote healing ...Read more
Mri showed stress fracture and bone edema in heel. Been on crutches off n on 12 weeks. Gets better after rest then when walking pain comes back.?
Vit D3: Stress fracture due to severe osteoporosis - holistic approach try to alkalanize body maintain body pH between 6.8-7.4 by various options like vit D3 12, 000 units bid x 3 weeks then 6000 units daily x 3 weeks. Maintain D3 blood levels above 60 test for hydroxy vit D3 levels with your lab your pcp can order these tests. ...Read more
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
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