Importance Of Catching A Stress Fracture Early
A stress fracture in the foot or ankle is dangerous because not only does it cause pain but without podiatry treatment, it can lead to a full blown fracture and months of recovery. A stress fracture occurs when there is a small crack in a bone or there is severe bruising within one of the bones of the foot.
They occur in people that change their activities suddenly such as trying a new exercise or increasing the intensity of a workout. Stress fractures are often an overuse injury and happen when engaging in consistent, repetitive activities. They are most common in athletes or runners.
If your are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a stress fracture and should immediately book an appointment with a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. Symptoms include, pain that stops when you rest, pain that occurs and then intensifies in your foot even during normal daily activities, swelling on the top of the foot or on the outside of the ankle, and tenderness when you touch the area of the foot that is bothering you.
With any of these symptoms, it is time to see one of our podiatrists because the first thing that we will do is give you an x-ray to determine the extent of the injury and then, set you up with a treatment plan to heal this injury. Our Sun City podiatry and Scottsdale podiatry locations both offer excellent treatment to help our patients quickly recover from this type of injury and importantly, prevent a full blow fracture.
Protect Your Feet When You Experience Pain
At home, the first thing you will want to do is stop the activities that are causing you pain and apply ice immediately after the injury to bring down any swelling. Next, modify your activities for the next 6 to 8 weights to allow the stress fracture to heal.
At our office, we will provide you with protective footwear to reduce the stresses that are placed on the stress fracture. This may include a stiff-soled shoe, orthotics, or even a short-leg fracture brace. Sometimes, it is necessary to cast a stress fracture.
The most important thing is to act when you are having confusing foot pain. Seeing a podiatrist at our office will help us not only figure out what is wrong but apply the best possible treatment method to heal the stress fracture.
It is our responsibility and expertise as foot doctors to help you heal a foot injury and for over two decades, we have helped our patients safely repair stress fractures without allowing a full blow fracture to occur.
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