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Signs You May Have a Stress Fracture

Signs You May Have a Stress Fracture

Know whether your symptoms may be that of a stress fracture or something more.

Most people try to avoid visiting the doctor as much as possible, and while our Chicago podiatrists understand that making a sudden or unexpected trip to the doctor’s may be less-than-ideal, if you are dealing with a stress fracture this is something that needs to be taken care of right away.

What is a stress fracture?

A stress fracture is a condition that causes small cracks in the bone, often due to overuse or found in athletes who play certain high-impact sports. While stress fractures can happen anywhere, they are most likely to occur in bones that take on the most weight when moving around (e.g. legs).

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

As with most injuries, the most common symptom is pain. This pain may become exacerbated whenever you exercise but go away whenever you limit your activities and take time to rest. You may also find that the area is swollen or tender to the touch. While pain is normal with stress fractures, bruising is not.

What can cause them?

This can happen whenever you suddenly and often drastically change the intensity or duration of your workout. Some people may find that they develop stress fractures while on holiday, since people find themselves walking around far more than they usually do on a regular basis.

Other causes of stress fractures include:

  • Wearing the wrong footwear
  • Participating in certain athletic activities
  • Having an occupation that requires you to stand or move around the majority of the day
  • Osteoporosis

How are they treated?

As you may be able to guess, if your stress fracture is due to overuse then the very first thing you should do is stop the activity that is causing this stress. Rest is the most important thing you can do to speed up the healing process. If you are someone who is involved in high-impact activities, we will recommend that you supplement your workout with low-impact activities (e.g. swimming; stationary bike) instead.

Your podiatrist may also recommend wearing different shoes to accommodate your condition and to provide better support for your feet. If the stress fracture is more severe, you may need to wear a cast or use crutches for several weeks. Only in rare or serious instances is surgery necessary to fully treat a stress fracture.

Don’t just ignore your pain and discomfort. It’s easy enough to turn to Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists, who is happy to serve the Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Huntley, Montclare and Chicago, IL, areas to make sure that everyone gets proper foot care when they need it most.