Stress fractures (or hairline fractures) often occur in people who participate in vigorous exercise and sports that involve a lot of repetitive stress and pounding. These fractures are also more likely to occur in people who rapidly increase the intensity of an exercise program without allowing time for the bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues to become accustomed to the newly added pressure.
Stress or hairline fractures can occur gradually, and it may not be obvious that a fracture is what is causing the problem since these types of fractures can mimic other conditions or be hidden by additional injuries. A complete exam with your podiatrist involving MRI scans is essential for determining the actual source of the problem
Treatment of a stress fracture involves the following:
- Immobilize the foot with a rigid boot—An immobilizing walking boot may be needed to isolate the injury and prevent it from moving around so that proper healing can occur.
- Physical therapy strengthening and flexing exercises—A variety of low stress physical therapy exercises can be employed to strengthen the injured area without causing further injury.
- Slowly add activities— Once the initial healing is complete, gradually reintroduce activities such as exercising, and sports under the advice of your podiatrist to help avoid another injury.
- Surgical intervention—Surgery involving pins and hardware may be needed for severe hairline fractures and proper recovery will take many months.
If you have symptoms of a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!