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Doctor insights on: Stress Fracture Of The Arch Of Foot

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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'm having severe pain in the arch (bone area) of my left foot. It's made worse by activity, especially running. Do I have a stress fracture?

I'm having severe pain in the arch (bone area) of my left foot. It's made worse by activity, especially running. Do I have a stress fracture?

Fractures and Pain: There is no way in a cyber dialogue to diagnose fractures. Your troubles could be several things, but do not run until you get a evaluation at your physician's office or a foot expert's office. It is time to see someone. ...Read more

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I'm a runner. I have severe pain on the side of my shin bone, and the arch of my foot, I just got over Achilles tendonosis. Is this a stress fracture?

I'm a runner. I have severe pain on the side of my shin bone, and the arch of my foot, I just got over Achilles tendonosis. Is this a stress fracture?

Maybe: It could be a number of things incl stress fracture(s), strain resulting from poor foot mechanics, nerve inflammation, & more.A proper history and physical, incl. osteopathic exam may find the cause.Other tests may help.Treatment may include rest, ice, heat, orthotics, better running shoes, gait evaluation, prolotherapy, neuroprolotherapy, manipulation, medications, surgery, etc. See your dr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a foot stress fracture?

What are the symptoms of having a foot stress fracture?

Pain: Pain may be intermittent or constant and progressively worse with weightbearing. You may also see swelling in the area and definitely pain on palpation of the site. ...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 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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Top of foot swollen? Could this be a stress fracture?

Top of foot swollen? Could this be a stress fracture?

Yes, maybe: There are several things that can cause swelling on top of foot and stress fracture is one. If you suspect this, see your podiatrist or orthopedist. You will need to get an x-ray and sometimes other testing is necessary as stress fractures can be difficult to visualize on plain x-ray in the beginning of injury. ...Read more

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The top of my left foot hurts. What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

The top of my left foot hurts. What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

Several things: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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Can a foot metarsal stress fracture hurt more first thing after waking up and feel fine after walking around for a while?

Not typical.: You symptoms are not typical for stress fracture, but some directed imaging could help isolate the problem. i'm thinking more of a soft tissue cause. More of a detailed history would help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises can I do with a stress fracture in my foot? Also, once i heal, can I try running again? Was doing couch-5k program.

What kind of exercises can I do with a stress fracture in my foot? Also, once i heal, can I try running again? Was doing couch-5k program.

Nonweightbearing: Swimming, upper body workouts are usually safe to do but check with your doctor first. Once you are healed, it might take a transition period to return to normal shoes, then normal activities, then walking then light jogging. This can take place over a 2-3 week period once your doctor gives the okay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could I have a stress fracture? I am a competitive diver and last week pain on the top of my foot started and it is only swollen a little.

Poss stress fracture: There is a possibility of a stress fracture. Not common from diving, however noted with other recurrent activities such as running. A sports medicine or orthopedic doctor can evaluate by getting a full account of what you have been doing. Also a good exam will also help evaluate your foot. Unfortunately an X-ray may see the stress fracture. Ultrasound to further evaluate your foot is done by some. ...Read more

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Is it more difficult & lengthy process to treat & recover from a stress fracture of the foot or is it worse for a nondisplaced 4th metasaursal break?

Is it more difficult & lengthy process to treat & recover from a stress fracture of the foot or is it worse for a nondisplaced 4th metasaursal break?

Varies.: A stress fracture and a non displaced fracture of the fourth metatarsal are not mutually exclusive. a stress fracture simply implies the mechanism of the fracture occurrence. When a serious of stresses is applied to a bone that overcomes the bones ability to remodel and recover from stress, a stress fracture occurs. These fractures often respond to a reduction in the activity that led to it. ...Read more

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What causes foot stress fracture?

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

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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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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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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