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What can I do to help a stress fracture without going to the doctor?

What can I do to help a stress fracture without going to the doctor?

Stress Fracture: Not all stress fractures are the same. I would recommend going to the doctor for evaluation that would include a detailed history as well as imaging studies. Stress fractures notoriously take a long time to heal depending on severity, location, chronicity. Some will not heal on their own, some will require surgery. Most importantly, determining the cause is essential to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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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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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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If you have a stress fracture will an xray show it and what is the treatment of a stress fracture and what could happen if I don't go to the doctors..

If you have a stress fracture will an xray show it and what is the treatment of a stress fracture and what could happen if I don't go to the doctors..

Not always: Stress fractures do not always show up on plain X-Rays. Some times you need an MRI or bone scan to see the fracture. The treatment is to remove the stress and the fracture and pain should go away. Untreated a non-displaced stress fracture can result in catastrophic failure and displace possibly causing a serious injury. If you think you have a stress fracture you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Pretty convinced I have a mild stress fracture on my 4th metatarsal. Can this heal on its own or does it need a doctor? I can walk with it pretty fine

Pretty convinced I have a mild stress fracture on my 4th metatarsal. Can this heal on its own or does it need a doctor? I can walk with it pretty fine

Usually heals ok: if there is no pain and no discomfort then it should heal ok Be sure to wear good support shoes If increase pain then see provider ...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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I have uploaded 5 images of my bone scan from today can someone tell me if this is a stress fracture I can't get into a doctor until next week ?

I have uploaded 5 images of my bone scan from today can someone tell me if this is a stress fracture I can't get into a doctor until next week ?

Bone scan: If you have had a bone scan done I have to assume that was a referral from a doctor. You need to call that doctor and see him or her or present to an emergency room if you are having pain . ...Read more

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What should a doctor do for a stress fracture in my foot caused by running?

What should a doctor do for a stress fracture in my foot caused by running?

Off weight bearing: You will need to rest a week or two, rest and relax, reduce ambulation, and keep feet elevated if you have any swelling. Sometimes, a soft or hard cast will be applied to limit ambulation. ...Read more

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I injured my hand and think i may have a stress fracture, will it heal on it's own or should I see a doctor?

Yes: If this was an acute injury (like a fall) and your hand is swollen, painful, and with decreased range of motion, you should definitely see a doctor. A stress injury/fracture usually happens gradually and will respond to rest. If you are not sure, i suggest that you see a doctor. ...Read more

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Going to doctor soon.Been in boot 4weeks for stress fracture, 2metatarsal.It hasnt healed much.Do u think they may cast it or what? Idk what to expect.

Usually not: Stressfractures may take upt to 8 weeks to heal. Your body has to catch up with the stree that your activity has put on it. Wearing a boot can decrease the weight on your foot as well as slow you down. If still having pain in the brace you need to decrease your activity even further or use crutches. Stress fx that last > 2 months may need bone stimulator and evaluation by a bone metabolism doc. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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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