Stress Fracture

Stress fractures are a common injury for active people. If you’ve ever twisted your ankle or fallen and injured your foot, you may have noticed swelling and difficulty walking. People often chalk this up to a simple sprained ankle, but something more serious may be going on. If you’ve had a recent injury or are having trouble walking, call Dr. Jeff Hetman at Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas, for a comprehensive foot evaluation. You can also book an appointment online.

Stress Fracture Q & A

What are stress fractures?

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in your bones. They’re especially common in the bones of the lower body, as they are responsible for distributing and supporting your body’s weight.

Feet and ankles are particularly susceptible to stress fractures because they absorb the majority of the body’s weight during walking, jumping, and other daily activities. However, any injury to the foot or ankle can lead to a stress fracture.

What are the causes of stress fractures?

Overuse of the feet and ankles is the primary cause of stress fractures, especially in athletes. Repetitive motions affect weight-bearing bones and surrounding muscles, causing small cracks to form in your bones.

Other causes of stress fractures include:

  • Structural problems in the foot
  • Weak or inflexible muscles
  • Frequently performing activities on hard surfaces
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Family history of osteoporosis

Stress fractures are tiny and typically do not cause pain. However, without treatment, continued repetitive motion may result in pain in the affected area.

When pain makes it difficult to walk or participate in your daily activities, it’s essential to have a comprehensive evaluation with a skilled podiatrist.

How are stress fractures diagnosed?

Dr. Hetman conducts a physical exam and review of your medical history as the first step in evaluating your injury and pain. He may also perform imaging tests, including X-rays and ultrasounds, to identify stress fractures.

What are the treatment options for stress fractures?

Stress fractures are treatable with nonsurgical methods, including:

  • Modification of activity
  • Protective, well-fitting footwear
  • Padding
  • Custom orthotics
  • Casting

If nonsurgical methods don't relieve the pain of stress fractures, Dr. Hetman may recommend surgery. Depending on the condition of the fractures, surgery to place pins, screws, or plates may be necessary to increase support for the bones in the foot or shin area.

Dr. Hetman can recommend the right treatment for stress fractures based on your medical needs. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

At Foot Specialists of Memorial,PA, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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