What is a foot stress fracture, and how is it treated?
If you participate in any sports or have weakened bones, you may develop a stress fracture in your foot.
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoNeuro, Columbus, Ohio, can help you identify any stress fractures and offer expert foot care treatments.
Stress fractures of the foot are painful. You will have tenderness or “pinpoint pain” at the site of the fracture and perhaps some swelling.
Pain in the following situations may indicate that you have a stress fracture:
If you are at risk of getting a stress fracture, you should be alert to the symptoms.
Early treatment will prevent the pain from becoming too severe and reduce the chances of the fracture becoming displaced.
See your doctor as soon as you think you may have a fracture. They will be able to offer a bone scan or magnetic resonance imaging to identify the fracture and suggest the best treatment.
Stress fracture treatment will depend on the location and severity of your fracture. Your provider will also aim to treat any risk factors you have, preventing future injuries.
Your doctor may recommend the following treatments:
The healing process roughly takes six to eight weeks for a stress fracture to heal.
Returning to your previous activity should be gradual. For example, if you are a runner, you should resume low-impact activity for 4 to 6 weeks.
Once you are pain-free, you may begin a conservative jogging regimen. Increase your running mileage very slowly over time. Do not do too much, too soon.
These factors can include:
If you have an acute injury in your foot, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
Medically reviewed by
Ralph Napolitano Jr. DPM
Foot & Ankle
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