What is stress fracture of lower leg and how do you treat it?

Tiny bone breaks. Stess fractures come from repetative overuse of leg and foot muscles, which leads to small cracks in leg/foot bones. Beginning runners are prone to this. Older people with osteoporosis can get stress fractures too. Treatment can be a walking boot, or crutches, or a brace. Pain meds are more like tylenol (acetaminophen) than nsaids like advil or Aleve as they may (or may not) slow down bone repair.

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What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

A stress. fracture is an injury to the bone caused by repetitive microtrauma(for example, in the tibia from running). A muscle knot is not a medical term, but could represent a muscle strain or possibly spasm. So, a stress fracture is a bone injury, and a muscle "knot" is a muscle injury. Read more...

How can I maintain fitness through a stress fracture in the right lower leg?

Non weightbearing. Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probably be able to gradually increase stress as symptoms resolve. Dr l. Read more...

Help me please! There's a small stress fracture in heel. How do you treat this?

It needs to be pro-- Tected in a cast (or a splint if its too swollen initially) for at least 8-12 weeks. Seeing a podiatrist or foot ankle doc would help to have this taken care off. Good luck. Read more...
Time ; patience. The treatment involves non weight bearing ; wait 4 it 2 heal which may take up 2 a year. As we r a walking people ; only 2 legs, that means crutches 4 a long time. I usually followed the progress using ct's as time passes. As the fracture line becomes poorly cn on x-ray, , ct will allow better visualization to judge healing. Bone scans will b+ 4 up 2 a year or more after healing. Good luck! Read more...

How do I know if I have a stress fracture in my heel and how do they treat it?

Radiographs. We would first do a thorough exam and take xrays to determine if we see anything on plain films. Treatment for a stress fracture is immobilization and depending on the location and severity likely non-weightbearing. Read more...
Stress fracture. Stress fracture r usually not picked up on regular x-rays. Your physician can order an MRI to identify a stress fracture. Read more...

What is the recommended treatment for a stress fracture? What if you don't treat it?

Relative Rest. Stress fractures are overuse injuries. Mainstay of treatment is rest. Requires athlete's injury be placed in whatever is necessary to eliminate pain. Casting/crutches for le injuries may be necessary. In some activity modification without bracing or immobilization may suffice. Underlying hormonal, vitamin deficiencies corrected. Training errors identified. If untreated may progress to fracture. Read more...