Stress fractures are a common injury that affect athletes, people with osteoporosis, and people with low bone density. While any bone in the body can be affected, most stress fractures occur in the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Our orthopedic doctors at OrthoNOW help patients find the best treatment options for their stress fractures.
What is a Stress Fracture
A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone caused by overuse or strain.
Sometimes referred to as an overuse injury, stress fractures occur when the muscles surrounding a bone are unable to reduce the shock of high-intensity sports and exercise. Stress fractures commonly occur across the metatarsal bones, which connect the mid-foot with the toes, but they may also occur in:
- The Mid-Foot
- The Toes
- The Heel
- The Lower Leg Bone
Stress fractures may affect other weight-bearing bones in individuals suffering with conditions such as osteoporosis or low bone density.
What Causes a Stress Fracture?
Stress fractures are caused by overuse and repetitive pressure on a certain area of the body. When stress fractures occur in the feet and ankles, it is usually due to sudden increases in high-impact exercises or sports. At OrthoNOW, we treat stress fractures caused by a variety of orthopedic problems, including:
- Change of exercise surface
- Stiff or worn exercise equipment
- Too much exercise too soon in a program
- Incorrect technique or training
- Podiatric concerns, like tendonitis or bunions
- Low bone density from osteoporosis or medication
Signs of a Stress Fracture
The most common symptom of a stress fracture is pain with weight-bearing activities, especially exercise or sports-related activities. Other symptoms of stress fractures include:
- Gradual pain that decreases when resting
- Tenderness around the stress fracture
- Severe pain during regular activities
- Swelling around the foot or ankle
- Bruising near the stress fracture
Individuals who have recently started a new exercise program or suffer from low bone density are at an increased risk of developing stress fractures. Early treatment of stress fractures will help alleviate pain and decrease the chances of developing further injury.
Visit OrthoNOW for Stress Fracture Treatment
OrthoNOW in Doral, Florida provides immediate treatment options for stress fractures. The orthopedic specialists at OrthoNOW help patients develop a customized treatment plan.
Stress fractures don’t happen by appointment. At OrthoNOW Orthopedic Urgent Care in Doral, Florida, the orthopedic specialists accept walk-in patients suffering from stress fractures with little to no wait.
Visit our orthopedic urgent care facility in South Florida, or schedule an appointment by calling (305) 537-7272 for immediate stress fracture treatment.