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Doctor insights on: The Best Walking Shoes To Prevent Stress Fractures Of The Foot

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What type of shoes to wear for an calcaneus fracture? Why when I walk my left foot leans to the side? Is it stiff? Its stopping me from walking normal

What type of shoes to wear for an calcaneus fracture? Why when I walk my left foot leans to the side? Is it stiff? Its stopping me from walking normal

Not enough info: First off, you need to get a full evaluation from your physician regarding the fracture. Are you healed yet? Are you able to wear shoes? What was broken and how bad was it? Really need much more information in order to give you a reasonable answer. You should be asking your treating physician these questions. ...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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Can a walking shoe/boot help metatarsalgia? (No stress fracture - MRI confirmed.) Tried everything else - PT, RICE, meds - still no relief. Ouch.

Can a walking shoe/boot help metatarsalgia? (No stress fracture - MRI confirmed.) Tried everything else - PT, RICE, meds - still no relief. Ouch.

Find the cause.: The treatments you have tried are merely examples of treating the symptoms of metatarsalgia and not the cause. The cause is due to damaging pressures being applied to the metatarsal heads over time. Typically, being over weight, improper shoes, high arched feet and over use are the partly responsible. A great walking shoe and eliminating or reducing stressful activities would be a good start. ...Read more

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I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

By design...: The purpose of the moon boot is to change your gait in a way the dissipates the force of the ground over a larger surface area. This is what allows the fracture to heal. The boot may or may not irritate already existing problems such as bunions or bunionettes. There is a transition back into regular shoes. This may involve athletic shoe first. Ask your doctor for advice on shoes or therapy. ...Read more

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Met. stress fracture- 34 wks not healed, ORIF 14 wks ago. Dr, physio say callus, still healing- no running but walk in shoes. Sore, swells- advice?.

Met. stress fracture- 34 wks not healed, ORIF 14 wks ago. Dr, physio say callus, still healing- no running but walk in shoes. Sore, swells- advice?.

Concerning: It is a little concerning that it is not yet healed. Options are to give it more time, or use a bone stimulator, or consider addition of growth factors to area. The presence of callus there suggests some healing is occurring and it just may take more time. ...Read more

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Right side of foot hurts from ill fitting shoes. hurts to walk, no bruise or swelling. Doctor said x rays look fine no fracture. should i get an mri?

Right side of foot hurts from ill fitting shoes. hurts to walk, no bruise or swelling. Doctor said x rays look fine no fracture. should i get an mri?

To find what......: The most important item not included in your query is the time frame. How along ago did the ill fitting shoes start the condition. What have you done since. I would think the wearing a great pair of shoe should turn the problem around. I f you suspect a stress fracture, then stay off your foot a while and see if the pain reduces. I would hold off on the MRI and give the tincture of time a chance. ...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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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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Can i still walk my dog with a boot (for stress fracture of foot)?

Can i still walk my dog with a boot (for stress fracture of foot)?

Foot fx: This depends on the location of the fracture. As long as it is not a fifth metatarsal jones fracture most likely you can bear weight in a protective boot or shoe. Talk with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Feels like a stress fracture in top of left foot. Ice or heat.... Hurts to try to walk?

Feels like a stress fracture in top of left foot.  Ice or heat.... Hurts to try to walk?

Such: An issue may benefit from rest and ice. You should have an x-ray to further evaluate situation, talk to an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My foot hurts when i walk hurts when flex my foot up i had a stress fracture in foot about 9 months ago what else could it b?

Have a foot exam...: Your stress fracture 9 months ago may have been more than just the bone injury. There are several soft tissue structures that overlay the top of the foot. There are tendons and ligaments which may have been damaged. Have the foot checked properly. See a podiatrist for a full foot exam. You had a bone scan and ct scan, but an MRI is a better diagnostic test to evaluate the soft tissue. ...Read more

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How do I know when a foot stress fracture is healed b/c my foot hurts when walking but not when i'm resting soon as start to walk it hurts so bad?

Have an X-ray: The only way to determine if a fracture has healed is to not healing across the fracture site with an xray. If you walk on a stress fracture that is not healed, you can risk creating a complication - possibly a displaced fracture. See the doctor and get x-rays. ...Read more

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Hi, I had my cast off 3 weeks ago after a stress fracture, I now have pain and swelling at side off foot, could it be soft tissue damage?? It's very painful to walk on.

Hi, I had my cast off 3 weeks ago after a stress fracture, I now have pain and swelling at side off foot, could it be soft tissue damage?? It's very painful to walk on.

See doctor: If you have new or recurrent pain after a stress fracture, you may have re-injured the area. Try not to bear much weight on the foot, and make an appointment with the doctor who treated your stress fracture. ...Read more

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I have foot pain on the lateral side of my foot around the fourth and fifth metatarsals when i'm pushing off. Walking barefoot or on flip flops relieves it while wearing sneakers aggravates it. Could it be some kind of neuroma or stress fracture?

I have foot pain on the lateral side of my foot around the fourth and fifth metatarsals when i'm pushing off. Walking barefoot or on flip flops relieves it while wearing sneakers aggravates it. Could it be some kind of neuroma or stress fracture?

Possibly: Neuromas, stress fracture, and capsuliitis are the more common complaints in that area of the foot. A podiatrist would easily be able to determine which of these or another condition you had. It is possible that you have less pain unsupported because that is the position your foot has collaped into and the better supported position is uncomfortable because of the injury. Foot pain is not normal. ...Read more

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I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?

I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?

Plantar fasciitis : Painful head of metatarsal area could be joint irritation or tendons, once you have ruled out a fracture. RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation may work well. A short 5 day course of NSAID (Motrin, Ibuprofen, aleve, or naproxen ) may help also ...Read more

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Pain in right foot worse when standing or walking randomly go numb. Possible stress fracture? Pain dul throbbing cant bare much weight no trauma occur

Pain in right foot worse when standing or walking randomly go numb. Possible stress fracture? Pain dul throbbing cant bare much weight no trauma occur

Yes : Yes, a stress fracture can cause similar symptoms as can other potential causes. I would not hesitate to be seen, an exam and appropriate studies can determine the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more