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Stress Fracture Big Toe
Hello I think I have a stress fracture of the big toe joint. Consistent pain and swelling for six months and can't bend the toe. What should I do?
Consider: Podiatry evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
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Start with: A visit to your family physician may be the best first step. ...Read more
I had a nonunion stress fracture of the fibular sesamoid due to low vitamin D levels. I had it removed plantarly last November. I've started to experience slight swelling around the scar and the inside of my big toe along with tingling and sharp pain?
Think I had stress fracture in big metatarsal in foot year and half ago running still slightly flares up sometimes, never got treated what should I do?
Instability Stress.: There's only one thing to do. Have your foot evaluated by a foot specialist. There are diagnostic test that can determine if the metatarsal is fractured. There could be other possibilities that could cause the symptoms you are having. Joint instability could also be considered as a realistic cause. Remove all doubt, have it examined. ...Read more
Swelling/ bruised top of my foot (middle but below 2nd toes) is it a stress fracture? Or what should I do? Been like this for a few months
Foot pain while running a long outside of foot for a while (from just under pinky toe to mid foot) after a long run brushing and swelling on outside of foot near pinky toe, bunionette or possible stress fracture?
X-ray or MRI: A stress fracture in the foot may not initially show up on x-ray. If the area still hurts 1-2 months later then a second x-ray may show some signs of new bone growth indicative of a stress fracture. Or you can get an MRI scan that is more detailed and may show the stress fracture site via swelling internally or on the surface of the bone. ...Read more
Stay off it: You need to stay off of it using a cast or walking boot to protect it. Also, you should be under a doctors care to make sure it is healing, has not shifted or moved and is in proper alignment to heal. If it is out of alignment you may need surgery as you don't want it to heal in the wrong position. ...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
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
It would be good to know which bone was fractured.
In general it takes 6-8 weeks to heal depending on treatment. ...Read more
It could worsen: And the fracture can become bigger and or wider..... ...Read more
PAIN: Usually pinpoint pain with palpation. Swelling-maybe, maybe not. ...Read more
Several: Pain, swelling, possible bump.Get a more detailed answer ›
Only the shadow knos: If there is still pain or aching u need 2 follow up with a new x-ray. C ur treating md. ...Read more
Pain in the bottom outside of my left foot think it may be a stress fracture. What do you suggest?
See below: If concerned of a fracture then you need to see a podiatrist for x-rays and evaluation. ...Read more
So like I was saying before what if the stress fracture in foot doesn't heal in a year what happens next I still have pain in that area?
Options: For a stress fracture that has not healed with normal conservative treatment (i.e. Immobilization in a cast and/or boot), your treatment options include an external bone stimulator and surgery. Updated imaging studies would be reasonable to confirm the diagnosis. Discuss these options with your doctor. ...Read more
I had a stress fracture in my foot. The pain came and wentintermittently, but now the pain just stays. It hurts like thefracture has returned. What should I do?
Go get an X-ray: Taken. Its the only way to confirm a fracture. Take care! ...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
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