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    If anyone is familiar with the differences in symptoms between a possible stress fracture or muscle/tendon problems in the foot, please send me a PM. I've been having pain in my right foot for several days and thought I'd check here for some advice before I attempt to go deal with a dr.

    thanks!
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    I take it you run; hence, the suspicion of a stress fracture?
    WWhuch part, heel, arch, toe or ankle?

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    She just runs from me, she likes to play hard to get.
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

    Tell me about it, this morning, I woke up and I shit a squirrel, but what I can't get is the damn thing is still alive. So now, I've got a shit covered squirrel running around my office and I don't know what to name it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    I take it you run; hence, the suspicion of a stress fracture?
    WWhuch part, heel, arch, toe or ankle?
    It's actually from my Irish dance class (ok, everybody stop laughing)

    Last week I ordered some new shoes, and they hadn't come in, so I just danced in my socks. Lots of repeated jumping and bouncing around on the balls of your feet. It didn't start bothering me until later that night, a couple hours after class.

    The pain is mainly in my arch. It's stiff when I walk, but sometimes as I walk, it seems to work itself out and feel better, which seems to indicate muscle problems as opposed to stress fracture.

    But when I try to jump now, it sometimes causes a sort of tingling throughout my arch (top and bottom) and into the ball of my foot, which seems like it might be a symptom of a stress fracture?

    I've been icing it and taking ibuprofen, which also seems to help, as far as pain when walking. But nothing seems to help much with jumping.

    Also, when I massage my foot, the pressure points where I can feel it are on the bottom arch, right where it begins past the ball of my foot, and then on the top of the foot, right at the highest point of the arch.

    My dilemma is that my next class is Thursday, and I hate to miss it but don't want to do any damage, and I don't know if I'll be able to see my doctor or physical therapist before then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Champ Kind View Post
    She just runs from me, she likes to play hard to get.
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    Oh that era is way from over.
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

    Tell me about it, this morning, I woke up and I shit a squirrel, but what I can't get is the damn thing is still alive. So now, I've got a shit covered squirrel running around my office and I don't know what to name it.

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    So how long have you been learning to river dance ?

    I think you better plan on skipping you lesson on Thursday, if not for a much greater length of time. Stress fractures of the metatarsels are common from repetitive force such as engaging in repeated jumping up and down or running long distances. A good indicator is a spot that feels tender or painful to the touch, pain that persists even at rest, which you say you have. Swelling at a point on the bone is a good indication of a stress fracture versus a muscle strain. Any noticeable swelling?

    A stress fracture cannot be seen on an x-ray, so the doc may send you in for an MRI if does not diagnose it right away.
    Usually the doc will recommend rest for 6 to 8 weeks if a stress fracture is suspected. Continue to ice it but give it plenty of rest.

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    There's no pain at all when I'm just sitting or standing. And there's no swelling at all. After I sit for a while, when I stand up and first start to walk, it's stiff, but as I walk around the room it gets somewhat better. I would think if it's a stress fracture, the pain would never go away as I was putting weight on it.

    I'd been dancing for a while, but always in shoes. Never any foot problems. Last week was the first "formal class" I'd taken in a while. I know that stress fractures are usually from prolonged, repeated force... but could it develop as quickly as in a one hour class?

    Honestly, I think it's just my paranoia that's telling me it could be a stress fracture, because the thought of having to rest it for that long and miss class is not something I want to think about!!

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    My two cents worth is that doesn't really matter if its a stress fracture or muscle/ tendons.

    Like RYou said, the doc will have you rest and ice for a few weeks either way.

    BTW, what kind of shoes do you wear when practicing and performing?

    As any runner will tell you, the proper shoes are crucial in preventing these types of injuries.

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