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What Causes A Stress Fracture In The Foot
As a returning runner after a stress fracture in the tibia, what could pain in the arch of the foot mean?
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
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
Yes : If you are walking on your foot as you are likely compensating and therefore straining the rest of the foot. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is there any way i can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?
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
Yes: It is possible.If soreness, swelling, bruising persist, get an x-ray. ...Read more
What does this mean? Inflammation of joint , stress fracture, chronic tear in tendon in regards to MRI of right foot.
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
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
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
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