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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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What can cause a stress fracture in the leg?

What can cause a stress fracture in the leg?

Overloading the bone: Stress fractures often are the result of increasing the amount or intensity of an activity too rapidly. They also can be caused by the impact of an unfamiliar surface (a tennis player who has switched surfaces from a soft clay court to a hard court); improper equipment(imprper shoes); and increased physical stress (a basketball player who has had a substantial increase in playing time). ...Read more

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What would cause a stress fracture of the coccyx?

What would cause a stress fracture of the coccyx?

Coccyx: Stress fracture may be caused by repetitive overuse, weak bone tissues such as osteopenia and osteoporosis, essentially too much stress for the bone to handle. ...Read more

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Could a small stress fracture in the heel cause pain to the the rest of the foot?

Could a small stress fracture in the heel cause pain to the the rest of the foot?

Yes : If you are walking on your foot as you are likely compensating and therefore straining the rest of the foot. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in pain between a metatarsal stress fracture and tendinitis in the foot?

Is there a difference in pain between a metatarsal stress fracture and tendinitis in the foot?

Not really: they can feel similar. A clinical exam helps best to determine one from the other as Xray does not always show stress fracture. Best to see a foot specialist ...Read more

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What could causes a spiral fracture of tibia and fibular in children?

What could causes a spiral fracture of tibia and fibular in children?

Trauma: I have seen this in a kid who fell over his day roughhousing, which was the only somewhat innocent cause i could think of. The injury implys a twisting form of trauma.I suppose a kid who stuck his leg in a hole & fell over could do it, but the possibility of inflicted trauma must be considered. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

Varies: Protected walking in a CAM boot or no weightbearing at all depending on the location of the injury within the bone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a foot stress fracture?

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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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What are the symptomsof a foot fracture in adults?

What are the symptomsof a foot fracture in adults?

Pain, bruising, edem: Pain, bruising, swelling (edema), numbness due to swelling, inability to bear weight or full weight , iniability to wear a shoe due to to above. Some fractures are rather unremarkable and just require rest and protection while others require casting or even surgery. Get check, get an x ray and sometimes even an MRI is required. ...Read more

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How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?

How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?

No difference: A "hairline fracture" is a layman's term for a non-displaced fracture (a break in the bone, but the bone has not move out of position at all). All hairline fractures are fractures, but not all fractures are hairline fractures, as fractures are often times displaced due to the force of the injury and/or due to the muscle pull of the surrounding muscles. ...Read more

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What is a stress fracture like in an ankle?

Stress fracture: Stress fractures typically are painful through out activity, including simple walking or standing. There is also swelling overlying the area where the suspected stress fracture may be. This is something i would follow up with a foot/ankle doctor to have an x-ray taken. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture in the ankle happen from a sudden fall?

Can a stress fracture in the ankle happen from a sudden fall?

By definition, no: The very definition of a stress fracture is a fracture that comes from excessive "normal" use of a limb. Sudden falls can certainly cause fractures, but those fractures are called by a different name. ...Read more

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What could cause a spiral fracture in the femur of a 5 week old infant?

What could cause a spiral fracture in the femur of a 5 week old infant?

Abuse or defect: My top thought would be the twisting action of a grumpy parent trying to change a diaper in a crying infant. There are some rare metabolic disorders that would make the bones weak, and accidental injury more possible.However, I would place abuse, even by accident, at the top of my list, and pursue a full family evaluation.Many larger hospitals have a team that works thru this issue. ...Read more

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Is there any way i can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?

X-Ray is needed: Stress fracture and sprains can feel the same, so an x-ray is in order to rule one out. Treatment options would also be quite different depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What would cause stress fractures in the feet of a 15 year old?

What would cause stress fractures in the feet of a 15 year old?

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures can occur as a result of repetitive amounts of minor trauma to an area. In the foot, the second metatarsal is one of the more common sites to find stress fractures. Stopping whatever activity is causing pain is important in the treatment of the stress fracture. ...Read more

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What does this mean? Inflammation of joint , stress fracture, chronic tear in tendon in regards to MRI of right foot.

It means : Exactly what it says....It should specify the joint inflammed, should also specify the bone with the fracture, and name the tendon with the chronic tear. Your doc should explain everything to your satisfaction......What exactly don't you understand? ...Read more

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What causes a spiral fracture to the femur?

Physical abuse: A spiral fracture is a fracture wherein the bone is twisted apart like a cork screw. It is usually associated with physical or sexual abuse the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body. Considerable force needs to be taken to break your femur bone. The most common cause of femur fracture is car accidents or falls from heights. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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