Stress Fracture

What is Stress Fracture?

A stress fracture is a small crack or break in a bone, often occurring in the foot, particularly in the metatarsal bone. These fractures result from repetitive stress or overuse of a specific area of the foot, leading to significant pain for the individual.

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What Causes a Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures typically occur due to repetitive stress or overuse of a specific bone, commonly seen in runners or individuals participating in high-impact sports.

Symptoms of a stress fracture include pain that diminishes during rest but intensifies during activities, swelling on the top of the foot or outside of the ankle, tenderness at the fracture site, and possible bruising.

What are the Treatment Options for a Stress Fracture?

Treatment options for a stress fracture typically involve:

Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • Resting the affected area to allow for healing, which may take around 6-8 weeks.
  • Using a post-op shoe, short-leg aircast boot, or casting to reduce pressure on the foot or leg.
  • Following a treatment plan to relieve pain and promote healing, which may include activity modification and pain management.

Surgical Treatment:

  • In some cases, surgery may be necessary to ensure proper healing of the stress fracture. This may involve the use of screws, pins, or plates to stabilize the bones during the healing process.