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Doctor insights on: Stress Fractures In The Balls Of Your Feet And Big Toes

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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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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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Stress fractures in 4th toe, left foot, also in ball of foot, have healed. Now have pain in toe, not ball, when i curl my toes and lift. How to treat?

Stress fractures in 4th toe, left foot, also in ball of foot, have healed. Now have pain in toe, not ball, when i curl my toes and lift. How to treat?

Saa a podiatrist: If the toe was fractured it may not be completely healed, or there may be some bone callous that is blocking motion. See podiatrist for exam and x-ray. ...Read more

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How are stress fractures of the foot usually treated?

How are stress fractures of the foot usually treated?

Treatment stress fx: The treatment of a stress fracture includes: rest, activity modification, you may need a boot/cast/or taped dressing, vitamin d/calcium, smoking cessation, and time. ...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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I believe I have a stress fx in my left foot. I fractured my right foot several months ago from stress fx. What should I do?

I believe I have a stress fx in my left foot. I fractured my right foot several months ago from stress fx. What should I do?

See a physician: You should see a doctor for an examination and, if indicated an x-ray. Only with confirmation of the diagnosis will you be able to be sure of appropriate treatment. There are more serious causes of foot pain that, if left untreated, can have devastating consequences. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more