Foot Stress Fractures
What are Stress Fractures?
Many injuries are sudden and unmistakable, where you know immediately that something has gone wrong. Stress fractures are not as obvious and are usually characterized by an injury that starts slowly and subtly, with symptoms like a deep-seated dull non-distinct pain or ache. If you enjoy jogging, biking, and/or just being active, however you begin to experience these symptoms below, you may have a stress fracture:
Symptoms of a Foot Stress Fracture
- Visible bruising on the foot
- Swelling on the top of the foot
- Pain while walking or standing
- Tenderness to touch
Stress fractures most frequently happen in the second and third metatarsals of the foot, which are the long, thin bones between the inmost joints of the toes and the ankle. A stress fracture or a hairline fracture, can be either a thin crack in the bone from overuse or severe bruising in the bone without a crack. This can be a very painful condition.
Preventing a More Serious Injury after a Foot Stress Fracture
It is very important that you seek treatment right away for a stress fracture in your foot. A stress fracture can lead to far more serious injuries, such as a full fracture. You should keep weight off the foot if you think you may have a stress fracture. You should seek medical attention as quickly as possible and administer RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).
Foot Stress Fracture Treatment in Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst & HEB
Everyone is susceptible to hairline stress fractures in the foot. When this painful condition occurs, you need the expertise of an experienced foot doctor to evaluate and treat the injury. Saint Camillus Medical Center has an experienced team of foot and ankle experts that specialize in stress fractures and other overuse foot injuries. Most hairline fractures, with the right combination of rest, treatment, and supportive equipment such as crutches and braces, can heal on their own over a period of six to eight weeks.
At Saint Camillus Medical Center, in Hurst, Texas, we offer comprehensive foot care for stress fractures. Our care team’s first priority is getting you healed and back to enjoying a healthy, active life.