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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. ...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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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! ...Read more

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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?

Stress fracture: A knee injury or weight gain alone won't cause a metatarsal stress fracture. What they will do is put added stress on the foot/feet. Overtime, if nothing changes, stress fractures can develop. ...Read more

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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.. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Stress fracture in leg and twisted my ankle a month back. Cast is now removed, but there is substantial swelling at foot area. Is this normal?

Stress fracture in leg and twisted my ankle a month back. Cast is now removed, but there is substantial swelling at foot area. Is this normal?

Post cast Edema?: Swelling after the cast is removed is quite common. It is known as post cast edema. Swelling is actually due to the cast's long term effect on the lymphatic vessels. Some edema might also be due to the actual damage to the soft tissue at the ankle level. Treatment with elevation, compression stockings and physical therapy would help stem the tide. ...Read more

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I have a lateral maellous fracture that is closed with medial stress fracture I am in a short leg non walking cast still a lot of bruising swelling?

I have a lateral maellous fracture that is closed with medial stress fracture I am in a short leg non walking cast still a lot of bruising swelling?

Normal: It is normal to still have swelling and bruising after a fracture. If the swelling has increased/continued and is causing significant discomfort please go to your doctor, urgent care, or ER for cast removal. The increased swelling constricts the ankle in the cast and can cause circulation issues/tissue damage. ...Read more

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I had pain in my shoulder last year and was a stress fracture. Now I have stinging pain in arm thought my leg left side. Doctor arm specialist said it was musclier. But when I play baseball it feels like it did last year with the stress fracture. Help?

Shoulder pain/stress: Stress fracture in shoulder, pain for >one year, Where is the worst pain? Touch yourself, and do a drawing of your shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist and hand. Standardize the pain. No pain=0, mild=1-2-3, 4 moderate=5, -6, -7 and severe=8-9-10.Touch with the index, applying moderate pressure, and mark it on the drawing, all numbers above 7. All those are trigger, points. Should be infiltrated with Depo Medro ...Read more

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Do I need a boot for a stress knee fracture?

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

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I have two stress fractures on my knee they are opposite of each other and I have no idea how it happened. Is this bad for me and is this uncommon?

I have two stress fractures on my knee they are opposite of each other and I have no idea how it happened. Is this bad for me and is this uncommon?

Not commone in knee: Most stress fractures happen in the metatarsal bones of your foot with repetitive
activity such as running or marching in the
military
while you can get them in other weightbearing bones in the legs they are not
very common.
You may get some blood tests to check on your underlying bone metabolism or even a bone density
fortunately most will heal fine with rest. ...Read more

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Is a knee walker a good option for tibial stress fractures in both legs?

Is a knee walker a good option for tibial stress fractures in both legs?

Yes: If you have problems with other devices that help to limit weight bearing, the knee walker is a valid option. ...Read more

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Could I have stress fractures in my shins, or worse? I have never ran before, but recently have been running 5-7 miles a week. My shins, calves, ankles, and knees are hurting all the time. My shins throb for hours after a small run, and I can barely walk.

Could I have stress fractures in my shins, or worse? I have never ran before, but recently have been running 5-7 miles a week. My shins, calves, ankles, and knees are hurting all the time. My shins throb for hours after a small run, and I can barely walk.

This: This sounds like shin splints. Usually caused by over stress of the medial tibia (shin bone). Stretching the calves will help, having a someone from a running store watch you run may help, sometimes people who over pronate while they run can be at risk for shin splints. A good motion controlling show may help. If you recently increased your mileage it could also be a stress fracture. An x-ray may show this but an MRI may be better.

If it is not getting better after some rest then I would go see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause a stress fracture?

Overuse: Stress fractures are the result of repetitive micro trauma to a bone from overuse. This is typically seen in individuals who start on a very vigorous exercise program that their body is not in condition to handle (e.g. New military personnel in boot camp). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

Symptoms and Imaging: Stress fractures usually cause pain, but may also cause swelling and discoloration.

The nature of stress fractures can make them very hard to identify on x-rays, but some may be apparent based on their size or phase in healing. Larger stress fractures or those that have had some to start healing are often the ones that can be seen with x-ray.

The most specific test for a stress fracture is a mri. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Yes: A stress fracture is in fact a "break" in the bone and so all stress fractures are "breaks" in the bone already. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on
xray exams
if there is suspicion of a possible
stress fracture, an MRI would best show
the injury
a bone scan would be helpful but is not
as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Progressive return: There are usually ways to exercise without involving an injured body part. In the early stages of healing you should refrain from any stress on the injured area. As healing progresses you should resume exercise of the involved body part with low resistance/ low impact activities, and gradually progress. In many cases pain / swelling will guide the speed of your return to activity. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a stress fracture?

How do you know if you have a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on
xray exams
if there is suspicion of a possible
stress fracture, an MRI would best show
the injury
a bone scan would be helpful but is not
as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

Stress fracture: Depends entirely on the location. Some stress fractures will heal almost regardless of treatment and don't even require significant activity modification (example: midshaft fibula). Others can progress to a complete fracture which if it displaces can be very serious (example: femoral neck). ...Read more

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Is it possible that a stress fracture not heal?

Is it possible that a stress fracture not heal?

YES: You frequently hear of professional athletes having a stress fracture that does not heal, and they have the best treatment possible! I would order an MRI; if not healing, I would try a bone stimulator. Problems like diabetes and RA, and medications like prednisone, can affect healing.
Sincerely,
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it's like to have a stress fracture?

Can you tell me what it's like to have a stress fracture?

Pain: Usually with feet: increasing severity of pain with walking, can be accompanied by swelling, bruising and tenderness to touch at the site of the break. X-rays won't necessarily show anything until a few weeks later, when healing activity can be visible. Improves slowly with immobilization in a cast, rest, over eight weeks or so. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: stress fracture?

Stress: One of the few aptly named problems in medicine. It occurs when the stresses that a bone sees is greater than the strength of the bone. This occurs over time and is usually related to repetitive activities. If it occurs with a trauma then it is not considered a stress fracture, but a traumatic fracture.
We see these commonly in the feet, tibia and hip. (note weight bearing). ...Read more

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


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