How to Recover From a Foot Stress Fracture

Suffering from a stress fracture in the foot can be frustrating, but with proper care, you can facilitate healing and prevent complications. The first step is rest, and it is beneficial to avoid putting weight on the affected foot to prevent further damage. Wearing compression bandages can provide support and reduce swelling, but it is important to ensure they are not too tight. Additionally, elevating the injured foot can also help reduce swelling. For moderate to severe stress fractures, a cast or walking boot may be prescribed to immobilize the foot. This can be followed by gradually reintroducing weight-bearing activities under the guidance of a podiatrist. With patience and adherence to these care measures, you can expect a full recovery and a return to your active lifestyle. If you have endured a stress fracture of the foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition and treat it accordingly. 

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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