Stress Fracture Specialist

A stress fracture is a common overuse injury of the foot, ankle, or related structures. Failing to treat a stress fracture can lead to a more serious condition. Contact Central Massachusetts Podiatry to have either Dr. Feldman, Dr. Saviet or Dr. Pelto do a thorough evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of stress fractures.

Stress Fracture Q & A

How does a stress fracture happen?

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone that occur over time. Stress fractures can occur in almost any bone, but they are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. The primary cause of stress fractures is overuse or repetitive activity. This can happen when a person suddenly picks up a new activity, changes the intensity of an activity, or changes the context in which they usually do the activity. For instance, a stress fracture may develop because you usually jog on a treadmill, but you start doing it outside on the street.

Can I prevent stress fractures?

Yes, you can prevent your risk of developing stress fractures by following certain precautions and making lifestyle changes. Eating a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D can strengthen bones and minimize their chances of breaking. Making sure that you are using proper equipment for activities, such as appropriate shoes, cross-training (changing up activities often), progressively increasing the intensity of new activities, and resting as necessary can dramatically reduce your risk.

How are stress fractures treated?

When you come to Central Massachusetts Podiatry for treatment of a stress fracture, the first and best advice your doctor will give you is to stop the activity that contributed to the break. Take some time away from a certain sport or exercise to give your body a chance to heal.

Treatment will ultimately depend on the site of the fracture and its severity. Your doctor may recommend special shoes or orthotics, or even a cast or crutches. In more serious situations, surgery may be necessary to ensure that the bone heals properly. The bones may require support by using a screw to help it stay in place and heal.

Contact the clinic to learn more about how Drs. Feldman, Saviet and Pelto treat stress fractures.

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