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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: fracture  

You made a misstep off the curb a week or so ago and almost fell. Your forefoot hurt for a moment afterwards but you had errands to run and so you kept going—after all it wasn’t like you couldn’t walk on it. A few days later you notice that the top of your foot is hurting. The pain seems to come and go and so you put off calling the podiatrist. This is a common tale that we at The Foot & Ankle Center PC hear when we diagnose a patient with a stress fracture.

Stress Fracture vs. Full Break

A stress fracture is a tiny, hairline crack that develops in a bone. The bones of the forefoot are a location where stress fractures tend to occur more frequently. Unlike a traditional fracture, a stress fracture doesn’t go all the way through the bone. Consequently, the symptoms may be less intense and intermittent. Eventually, however, patients begin to experience an aching type of pain deep in the foot. It’s particularly noticeable with activity, hence another reason why more stress fractures occur during this hectic season.

Diagnosing the Fracture

In addition to prolonged pain, patients with a stress fracture may suffer swelling, redness and/or bruising at the site of the fracture. When the symptoms are severe enough, that’s when an appointment usually gets made. Once you are in our office in Pooler, GA, our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the foot physically and then order x-rays or other imaging studies if necessary to confirm the stress fracture. The foot doctor will also question you to see if you have had an injury to the foot recently. It’s often only when asked by the doctor that patients will then remember a stumble or twist of the foot that happened previously.

It’s important to see the foot doctor and begin treatment as soon as possible, or you may be looking at a much longer recovery time and additional complications. If diagnosed early, a stress fracture can take four to six weeks to heal. During that time you will need to rest the foot as much as possible and the foot doctor may also want you to wear a cast boot.

If you suspect that you have injured your foot or have pain that is not going away, contact us sooner rather than later by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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