Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
What is it?
A stress fractures of the foot and ankle are small cracks in the bone that can occur from either overuse or any activity that places high impact or stress on the structures of the foot and ankle. Most stress fractures occur in weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. This stress can cause the muscles to become fatigued and lessen their ability to absorb shock from the high impacts such as running long distances or jumping. When this happens the shock is then transferred to the bone and makes it susceptible to the injury.
Common symptoms include pain during activity that often is gone with rest, increased swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness in a specific spots.
Treatments will vary depending on the location and severity of the stress fracture. They may include, rest, taping of the foot or ankle, anti-inflammatory medications, orthotic devices and crutches and physical therapy. Although uncommon and rare some cases may require surgery.
If you are experiencing Foot & Ankle pain, weakness of the Foot & Ankle, stiffness of the Foot & Ankle or swelling of the Foot & Ankle, give us a call 972-250-5700 or make an appointment now.