Unlike certain foot problems, stress fractures do not happen all at once due to a specific trauma. This makes it difficult to diagnose this issue because patients often do not recognize that their foot pain is stemming from something as problematic as a stress fracture. When one thinks of the word “fracture”, you think that you must have broken something at a specific moment in time, which is not the case with stress fractures.
Essentially, stress fractures are miniscule breaks in the bones of your feet. They are the most common in athletes, as they continually place stress on their feet from running and jumping. In addition, if one already has a foot problem, such as an unnatural foot structure, they are often more susceptible to these fractures.
If you notice continual pain in your foot, do not just ignore it. Pain is the most common symptom of a stress fracture, whether this pain be during just a normal activity or an intense pain during a more extreme activity, such as running. You could also experience swelling at the site of the fracture.
When it comes to treating a stress fracture, early diagnosis is key. The earlier you can begin a treatment of rest, icing, elevation, and more, the better. Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may have to get custom orthotics, and if the fracture is rather extensive, you may need surgery.
Alpine Foot Specialists can help you get back on your feet again after a stress fracture. Make an appointment today if you have been experiencing long-lasting pain, especially if you are an active person. We can get you back to the activities you love!
Courtesy of: Park Avenue Podiatry