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What could cause a stress fracture on the upper tibia (right below the knee)?

What could cause a stress fracture on the upper tibia (right below the knee)?

Stress fracture: Stress fractures are often caused by over use or excessive weight bearing of the problem limb. Excessive jumping, running, heavy lifting and heavy work can all cause stress fractures. Excessive training in sports can be the culprit. Be sure you are living a healthy life style to prevent problems in general.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

8+++ wks, maybe more: Stress fractures of the patella are rare and diagnosis is often delayed by months. Nonoperative treatment involves immobilization and protected weight bearing (ie stay off it). Nonop tx is often unsuccessful and then surgery is the recommended. Healing takes 2+ months, often 3-4. You need to be followed closely. See a knee specialist soon. Good luck!

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Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Possible: Possible that knee pain and wt gain could cause abnormal gait and stress on feet which over time can lead to stress fracture of metatarsal. See podiatrist for evaluation and x/rays.

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Been to doctor for what I suspect is an ankle and knee stress fracture, doctors have taken since january to make get me an xray. What can I do?

Been to doctor for what I suspect is an ankle and knee stress fracture, doctors have taken since january to make get me an xray. What can I do?

? Question: Unsure by your history what your symptoms are and where your pain is and how it started... Clarify that for me if u can and i'll try to answer as best I can... Thanks. .. Do u have a tibia stress fx.? Are you a runner? What sport etc..

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How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture? I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture? I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

Swelling: The cause of the swelling needs to be determined. Stress fractures may create some residual swelling, but your local doctor should exam you. The compression rating for the stocking may be too low as well.

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What is stress fracture of lower leg and how do you treat it?

What is stress fracture of lower leg and how do you treat it?

Tiny bone breaks: Stess fractures come from repetative overuse of leg and foot muscles, which leads to small cracks in leg/foot bones. Beginning runners are prone to this. Older people with osteoporosis can get stress fractures too. Treatment can be a walking boot, or crutches, or a brace. Pain meds are more like tylenol (acetaminophen) than nsaids like advil or Aleve as they may (or may not) slow down bone repair.

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What can cause a stress fracture in the leg?

What can cause a stress fracture in the leg?

Overloading the bone: Stress fractures often are the result of increasing the amount or intensity of an activity too rapidly. They also can be caused by the impact of an unfamiliar surface (a tennis player who has switched surfaces from a soft clay court to a hard court); improper equipment (imprper shoes); and increased physical stress (a basketball player who has had a substantial increase in playing time).

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What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

A stress: Fracture is an injury to the bone caused by repetitive microtrauma (for example, in the tibia from running). A muscle knot is not a medical term, but could represent a muscle strain or possibly spasm. So, a stress fracture is a bone injury, and a muscle "knot" is a muscle injury.

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I have a pelvic stress fracture which happened on July 10, but was not diagnosed until about 5 week ago. I was a runner. Nowgetting night aches in leg?

I have a pelvic stress fracture which happened on July 10, but was not diagnosed until about 5 week ago. I was a runner. Nowgetting night aches in leg?

Depends on the-: -location. More posterior, closer 2 nerves 2 legs, & the inflammation can irritate the nerves hence pain in the leg or legs. Also near hip joints can cause leg pain. This however is usually only on the side of the fracture. C an orthopedist 4 eval & imaging.

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Would a stress fracture in your cuboid make your leg/calf hurt?

Would a stress fracture in your cuboid make your leg/calf hurt?

Yes it could: The peroneal muscles of the lower leg can be spasming in response to the fracture pain, and cause pain by the spasms themselves. A cast / boot may be necessary to minimize this problem.

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Pelvic stress fracture 2yrs ago-leg turned out due to antalgic gait. Pain is gone but leg is stuck in turned out position. Can this be rehabbed?

Pelvic stress fracture 2yrs ago-leg turned out due to antalgic gait. Pain is gone but leg is stuck in turned out position. Can this be rehabbed?

Hi=culprit: Ur a antalgic gait may have been due 2 a sub clinical hip fx. Or 1 that was missed. This then caused what we call an insufficiency fractur or stress fx. The hip fx also may have been an insufficiency fx or due 2 minor trauma. It also healed with some external rotational deformity, pain= gone when healed.

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Is a full leg cast needed for a stress fracture of femur?

Is a full leg cast needed for a stress fracture of femur?

I do not Think so: New trials with the treatment of stress fracture of the femur could be done without castinng.

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How can I maintain fitness through a stress fracture in the right lower leg?

How can I maintain fitness through a stress fracture in the right lower leg?

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. Dr l.

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Stress fracture of fibula? I play college basketball and for 2.5 weeks I've have a pain on the outside lower part of my leg. Hurts to push on, jump, run

Stress fracture of fibula? I play college basketball and for 2.5 weeks I've have a pain on the outside lower part of my leg. Hurts to push on, jump, run

Unlikely: The fibula does not bear much weight at all, about one sixth of the amount of the other bone in the leg, the tibia. As such, it is very uncommon to get a "stress fracture" in the fibula. A detailed exam and appropriate studies will likely determine the cause of your pain.

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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