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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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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?

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?

Followup: There are multiple potential causes. A followup with your surgeon for an exam and discussion would be best bet. Possibilities include symptomatic scar tissue, Tendonitis, ligamentous instability, arthritis, inflammation, new stress fracture etc. ...Read more

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Why is a stress fracture a big deal to foot ortho doc?

Why is a stress fracture a big deal to foot ortho doc?

Stress fracture: If not treated properly with rest, immobilization and protected weight bearing; the stress fracture can convert to a complete fracture. Worst case it can displace or not heal properly requiring surgery. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Stress fracture: Your story sounds pretty typical for a stress fracture (running, location of pain, associated symptoms). Wear a rigid, supportive shoe; see your Family Doc; get foot x-rays; and base further treatment on those results. ...Read more

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How is a foot stress fracture diagnosed?

How is a foot stress fracture diagnosed?

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

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What to do about stress fracture in foot?

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

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Can I tape my foot for a stress fracture?

Can I tape my foot for a stress fracture?

Taping: Proper athletic taping can be helpful for a metatarsal stress fracture. If the pain is alleviated by offloading the area with a combination of felt pads and athletic tape, then it is ok, otherwise a surgical shoe or a cam walker works much better. ...Read more

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How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

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

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How should I treat a stress fracture in my foot?

How should I treat a stress fracture in my foot?

Rest: Seek podiatric or orthopedic consulation. Rest the foot. Talk to your doctor about the option of acupuncture to reduce pain and expedite healing. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

Evaluation: By a pediatrist, orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my foot?

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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How long does a stress fracture in the foot take to heal?

Depends: It would be good to know which bone was fractured.

In general it takes 6-8 weeks to heal depending on treatment. ...Read more

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Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

MAYBE: It could heal; conversely, it could evolve into a complete fx. Calcium level, vitamin D level, smoking all influence healing. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't treat a stress fracture of my foot?

It could worsen: And the fracture can become bigger and or wider..... ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a stress fracture on your foot?

What is the best way to treat a stress fracture on your foot?

Depends: If a stress fracture is not displaced and is stable it can usually be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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What could happen if you run on a foot with a stress fracture?

Fracture: A stress fracture is the result of overuse and running in particular is a common cause of this condition. Running after diagnosis of stress fracture could result in affected bone fracturing frankly necessitating further treatment and/or surgery. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a stress fracture in the foot?

Pain: It is usually diagnosed by x-ray. Some fractures require an MRI to properly diagnose. ...Read more

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I have been having a stress fracture in my right foot for 4 months. Do I still have it?

I have been having a stress fracture in my right foot for 4 months. Do I still have it?

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

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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

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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?

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

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What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

Let it heal.: You don't really "get rid of a stress fracture, " you progress along the normal stages of bone healing. There of no "fastest way, " it just takes time. ...Read more

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What causes foot stress fracture?

I think if: You investigate closely you will find a high proportion of these patients to have vitamin d deficiency.
I examined chart records of the last 50 patients diagnosed with stress fractures. 49 of 50 all had vit d deficiency or insufficiency (less than 30 mg/dl). ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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


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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