Stress Fracture in the Foot
Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks that
can occur in the bones of the foot. They can be caused by overtraining or
overuse, improper training habits or surfaces, improper shoes, flatfoot or
other foot deformities, and even osteoporosis. These tiny breaks in the bones
of the feet can lead to a complete break if left untreated.
Pain, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising can be signs
of a stress fracture. The fracture can occur almost anywhere in the foot.
X-rays and other studies are used to diagnose the stress fracture. A foot and
ankle surgeon should be seen as early as possible to start treatment and
possibly shorten the recovery time. Possible treatments include rest and
possible immobilization of the foot. In some cases, surgery may be required to
stabilize the stress fracture or to repair a stress fracture that has
progressed to a fracture.
Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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