Stress fractures, which are hairline cracks in a bone of the foot, are one of the more common injuries. They can make simple, everyday activities like walking or running, very painful. If left untreated, these injuries can lead to a complete fracture or break in the bone.
Stress fractures are frequently ignored by people who do not make the connection between a recent activity or accident and related foot pain. Athletes are commonly affected, as repetitive weight bearing activities such as gymnastics, running, and other sports are often sources of repetitive stress on the foot. Even standing on a hard floor for too long, with non-supportive shoe-gear, can produce a stress fracture.
It’s important to be aware of the signs of a stress fracture, especially following a potentially stressful activity or fall, and to seek appropriate care. Pain, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising may all be signs of a stress fracture. The symptoms usually arise quickly and then subside if the person stops the activity.
Although the foot may feel better with rest, pain often comes back once activity is resumed. For those who still have symptoms after resting, icing, and using anti-inflammatory medication at home, it’s important to see a specialist. We, at the Foot & Ankle Center in Cape Coral can quickly diagnose stress fractures through a physical examination and, if medically indicated, obtain appropriate imaging studies. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly affect the outcome and potentially shorten the recovery time. If you think you may have a stress fracture don’t hesitate to contact us today for an appointment.