If you stay active with a daily run or tennis game, you may be at increased risk for stress fractures. At San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc., the experienced orthopaedic specialists offer both nonsurgical and surgical solutions to repair stress fractures and ensure you’re healing properly. The goal of treatment at the team’s San Diego office is to alleviate pain and get you back to your physically active lifestyle. Schedule an evaluation of a possible stress fracture today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.
A stress fracture describes a small crack in a bone. It can also indicate that you have severe bone bruising. While most common in the lower legs and feet, you can develop a stress fracture in any bone, often due to the repetitive stress of high-impact exercises and activities.
Running, jogging, and even walking puts repeated pressure on your bones and can cause a stress fracture, especially in the bones of your midfoot, heel, and ankle joint.
In addition to physical activity, you can develop stress fractures if you have underlying medical conditions that affect your bone health. Those with osteoporosis and vitamin deficiencies may be at increased risk for stress fractures.
Other causes of a stress fracture can include:
While new bone can regenerate to repair the fracture, many people return to activities without proper rest, worsening the fracture over time.
As stress fractures often affect the lower leg and foot, persistent pain in your ankle or foot may be the first indication of a fracture.
Other symptoms common with stress fractures include:
Your pain may lessen when resting and worsen when you move around. If left untreated, your fracture can worsen, making it difficult to put weight on the affected area.
Initially, your San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. physician may recommend limiting your activities and using over-the-counter medications to allow the fracture to heal naturally. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, you may also need to wear a brace to stabilize the area.
For stress fractures on the outside or in the middle of your foot, your physician may need to apply a cast, as these bones take more time to heal. If a stress fracture is severe, surgery may be necessary to place pins or screws into the bones to hold them in place and ensure efficient healing.
Healing time for a stress fracture can be eight weeks or longer, and that may be extended if you do need surgery. Your San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. physician follows the progress of your recovery and can request X-rays to evaluate how well you’re healing.
If you suspect you have a stress fracture, don’t delay a medical evaluation. Schedule an appointment at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. online or by phone today.