Stress fractures (or hairline fractures as they are also called) are created when the repetitive pressure and stress to the feet and ankles that occurs from hard physical work, and from sports and exercise activities that involve a lot of running, jumping, and fast stops and starts (like tennis, football, and basketball).

Another very common reason for developing a stress fracture in the feet and ankles is because someone who hasn’t exercised in a long time suddenly starts exercising without properly warming up first. Their body isn’t used to this movement and a stress fracture can result.

3 treatments for stress fractures of the feet may include the following:

1)    Immobilization of the foot— A specially made boot is required during the initial healing period to immobilize the foot.  It may take from four to ten weeks or longer for the fracture to heal.

2)    Surgical repair—A more severe or chronic stress fracture may require surgery. Pins and other hardware may be needed to hold the bones together. A long recovery and physical therapy and strengthening exercises will be required after surgery to regain full use of the affected foot.

3)    Physical therapy exercises—After the initial surgery and after recovery has been completed, it is essential to gradually start activities very slowly to avoid reinjury. A variety of physical therapy exercises for strengthening and flexibility will help the fracture heal without causing another injury.

For proper diagnosis and treatment of foot fractures, be sure to contact your foot doctor. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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