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Stress Fracture Below 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
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
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
How long does a tibial stress fracture take to heal &without pain. I have a knee brace that I am suppose to wear full time. Hurt it ~6 weeks ago?
I think I have a stress fracture in my ankle and knee. I get pain after exercise when putting repeated pressure on my leg. What can I do to help it?
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?
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.
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
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
A stress fracture: Should not make your leg shorter.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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?
After recovering from a stress fracture in their foot/leg, is it supposed to hurt at all when first starting to run?
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
When recovering from a stress fracture in the foot/leg, will it hurt at all when you first start to run?
It may be tender: But if it is healed it should not hurt. ...Read more
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 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
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
Diagnosed with stress fracture in foot. I have an air boot but my leg is starting to hurt when I walk. What do you suggest?
Ask your Ortho doc: Speak with your orthopedist. That is the doctor who can best answer your question. ...Read more
I sustained what I assumed was a stress fracture in my left tibia while running a few months ago. I took time off from running, and the pain is gone. However I have serious unilateral pitting edema on my left leg. It's not mild, if I press, the indentatio
Edema after stressful: Assuming is not good medicine. I would show to your Dr who may want to do an X-ray. Keep us posted. ...Read more
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
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
while you can get them in other weightbearing bones in the legs they are not
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
Yes: If you have problems with other devices that help to limit weight bearing, the knee walker is a valid option. ...Read more
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 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
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
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
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
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.
Dr. Latva ...Read more
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
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
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