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Thank you Doctor for being available. I am middle age in good health.  I recently fractured my large toe in two places when a very heavy 300 lb item dropped on the toe. One fracture is at the joint closest to the toenail. My DPM prescribed a bone growth stimulator.  My question: are there side effects to using a stimulator in relation to the bone recovery?  I have heard of other side effects like nausea and migranes...  But as far as the bone recovery itself, can the stimulator, for example, overstimulate bone development? Thank you!!

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Hi, Peter,

Thank you for writing with your question.  Sorry to hear that you're suffering with a broken toe.  I hope it heals quickly and fully, so that you can continue doing the activities you enjoy, pain-free.

As far as the bone growth stimulator, the device tends to be pretty safe.  The only contraindication I can think of is with areas of very fast-growing cells.  It shouldn't be used in an area where there is suspicion of cancer, for example.  Aside from that, I wouldn't worry too much about it.  I've not heard of it over-stimulating the bone growth of an area, and although nothing is impossible, I wouldn't be too concerned about that, especially if you are using it as directed.  If you have concerns, I would strongly recommend that you discuss them further with the doctor who prescribed the bone stimulator, as he/she knows your specific circumstances much better than I.  An online forum can be helpful but is not meant to replace a physical exam or face-to-face (or face-to-foot) connections.

I hope this helps.  And again, I hope that you heal quickly and with as little discomfort as possible.

Wishing you health, happiness, and peace,
Dr. Bodart

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Dr. Amy Bodart

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Questions relating to podiatry: medicine and surgery of the foot, ankle, and distal leg

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Associate at Advanced Podiatry, 2919 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609 www.TheTampaPodiatrist.com

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APMA, FPMA

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Graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH 3-year forefoot and rearfoot residency training from Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, FL

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