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Will a foot stress fracture heal if i walk limitedly on it?

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In brief: MAYBE

It could heal; conversely, it could evolve into a complete fx.
Calcium level, vitamin D level, smoking all influence healing.

In brief: MAYBE

It could heal; conversely, it could evolve into a complete fx.
Calcium level, vitamin D level, smoking all influence healing.
Dr. Darrell Latva
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In brief: Probably

But may heal badly in terms of pain and function.
All fractures can heal, but proper alignment early is important. Depends on which bone also.

In brief: Probably

But may heal badly in terms of pain and function.
All fractures can heal, but proper alignment early is important. Depends on which bone also.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Although this is somewhat of a generalization, most stress fractures heal by reducing the level of activity down from the level that produced it.
A person that is an avid runner and gets a stress fracture, may have to reduce their running but can certainly walk. A more sedentary person may need to use crutches if they develop a stress fracture. I would discuss the specifics with your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Although this is somewhat of a generalization, most stress fractures heal by reducing the level of activity down from the level that produced it.
A person that is an avid runner and gets a stress fracture, may have to reduce their running but can certainly walk. A more sedentary person may need to use crutches if they develop a stress fracture. I would discuss the specifics with your doctor.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine

In brief: yes

It is wise to avoid nsaids like ibuprophen.
Listen to your body and limit weight bearing. The walking boot will help. It takes 8 weeks to heal a fracture. Lower stress by visualizing positive experiences to increase beta endorphins to protect stem cells needed for healing, get a good night sleep, eat 6 healthy small meals and exercise upper body 6 times a day for good circulation and nutrition.

In brief: yes

It is wise to avoid nsaids like ibuprophen.
Listen to your body and limit weight bearing. The walking boot will help. It takes 8 weeks to heal a fracture. Lower stress by visualizing positive experiences to increase beta endorphins to protect stem cells needed for healing, get a good night sleep, eat 6 healthy small meals and exercise upper body 6 times a day for good circulation and nutrition.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
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