Stress Fracture Foot Specialist

The weight-bearing bones in your feet take a lot of abuse that leaves them vulnerable to stress fractures. The experienced team at One Oak Medical, including foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Homam Badri and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ahmad Badri, offers specialized orthopedic and podiatric treatments to resolve all of your bone issues, including stress fractures in the foot. If you’re suffering from foot pain that could be a stress fracture, schedule an appointment online or call One Oak Medical in Wayne or Paramus, New Jersey.

Stress Fracture Foot Q & A

What is a foot stress fracture?

A stress fracture is a tiny crack or severe bruising inside a bone in your foot.

This type of foot injury is usually the caused by repetitive activities or overuse. It’s also common for a stress fracture to occur after a sudden increase in physical activity related to duration, frequency, or intensity. Additional causes include:

  • Incorrect technique
  • Changes in exercise surface
  • Improper or worn-out footwear
  • Decreased bone strength and density
  • A sudden increase in the frequency or duration of exercise

 

Stress fractures are common in athletes and runners but can occur in anyone.

What are the symptoms of a foot stress fracture?

If you sustain a stress fracture in your foot, the most common symptom is pain. Walking and other weight-bearing activities usually aggravate this pain. Addition symptoms include:

  • Tenderness at the injury site
  • Pain that worsens during activity
  • Pain that decreases while resting
  • Swelling on top of your foot or ankle

In some cases, bruising can also be present with a foot stress fracture. If you think you have a stress fracture, it’s important to see Dr. Badri as quickly as possible. When ignored, a bone with a stress fracture can break completely.

How is a stress fracture in the foot treated?

During your appointment, Dr. Badri reviews your personal and medical history as well as the activities you participate in regularly. He also performs a physical examination of your foot and ankle to look for signs of tenderness and bone injury.

To confirm a stress fracture is present, Dr. Badri may take digital X-rays taken of your foot right in the One Oak Medical office. To treat a stress fracture in your foot, Dr. Badri might recommend a variety of treatments. Nonsurgical therapies often include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce pain and swelling
  • Crutches to keep weight off your injury
  • Protective footwear or a removable brace
  • Modified activities to reduce stress on your foot
  • Casting to keep your bones in a fixed position while they heal

In some cases, surgical treatment might be required to insert pins, screws, or plates to hold your bones in place while they heal.

It can take a minimum of six to eight weeks for a stress fracture to heal.

For more information on stress fractures in the foot, call One Oak Medical or schedule an appointment online.