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What can I do at home to determine if I have stress fracture in my foot. Like in my 2nd metatarsal. I heard there were at home test before doc visi?

What can I do at home to determine if I have stress fracture in my foot. Like in my 2nd metatarsal. I heard there were at home test before doc visi?

No home test: Can determine a stress fracture. It needs to be examined by x-ray. In some cases, we also need to do a sonogram or even an MRI, but certainly an x-ray should be done first. ...Read more

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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What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: It is a break in one of the 5 long bones that is just behind the toes. Usually happens from excessive pressure or trauma. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

X-ray and exam.: Most stress fractures in the foot will have local tenderness to the bone. An x-ray will usually show if you have a stress fracture or not. If the stress fracture is new it may not show up on an x-ray for 2-3 weeks. In the early period an MRI would be able to show if you have a stress fracture or not. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

See a podiatrist.: It could be a stress fracture of one of the central metatarsal bones, or just plantar forefoot pain from lack of enough cushioning of the foot. For more cushioning, try spenco standard insoles. If you want the insoles to have arch support as well, use the spenco polysorb cross trainer style. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

Approximately 6 week: Pain can go away before this time but on average take 2 weeks in either direction. I am a big fan of making sure vitamin d levels are within normal range after dignosing someone with a stress fracture. Over 90% of the time I fing them to be deficient or insufficient. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: Pain and swelling in area are some signs. See podiatrist for complete examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. ...Read more

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Describe difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?

Stress fracture: Is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is a general term for pain to the metatarsal head regions. Someone can have pain to the met heads from a skinny fat pad, or a bursitis etc it is a generic term. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal and one on the metatarsalgia?

What is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal and one on the metatarsalgia?

Stress fracture: Stress fracture is a term from ww 2. Men were inducted, sent on forced marches with heavy packs and having pain. X rays were negative until 2-3 weeks went by and healing line seen. That was the fracture line. These became known as stress fractures as other doctors learned of this. Metatarsalgia is a catch all term for forefoot pain at the met head area for many reasons. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture?

Pain is typically: Pinpoint (or in one spot on the outside of your foot). it hurts to walk on your foot typically the outside of your foot. It will ache when not ambulating, usually in females, middle age and with a distant history of injury. ...Read more

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What would be the differences between tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal stress fracture?

What would be the differences between tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal stress fracture?

Fracture=bone: A stress fracture would be an injury to the bone - basically a crack in the bone, like a crack in a vase. Tendonitis is a condition of the tendon, in which the tendon is inflammed. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a stress fracture of metatarsals and a ligament tear?

How do you tell the difference between a stress fracture of metatarsals and a ligament tear?

X-ray: An x-ray will tell you if you have a fracture although sometimes it does not show for 10 days after injury. ...Read more

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I have a suspected 5th Metatarsal Stress Fracture. Have to wait 10days for X-ray results. Shud I do anything do ease the pain in the meantime?

It shouldn't: Take 10 days to have a foot xray interpreted. Call the facility where you had it performed and ask about the results. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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