Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as stress fractures of the foot and ankle. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What are Stress Fractures of the Foot & Ankle?
A stress fracture is a very small crack, or severe bruising, in a bone, and is common in runners and athletes, who participate in running sports, such as soccer and basketball.
Stress fractures occur most often in the second and third metatarsals of the foot since this is the area of greatest impact as you push off your foot when walking or running. Stress fractures may also occur in the heel, ankle, and on the top of the foot above the arch.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Stress Fractures of the Foot & Ankle?
Most stress fractures are caused by a sudden increase, or change, in physical activity. It may be caused by seemingly insignificant changes, such as suddenly walking for an extended period on an uneven surface, or wearing a new style of running shoe.
The primary symptom of a stress fracture in the foot or ankle is pain that usually develops gradually and worsens during weight-bearing activities. Other symptoms may include:
- Pain that increases with activity and diminishes during rest.
- Inflammation or bruising on the top of the foot, or on the outside of the ankle.
- Tenderness to the touch, and pain with movement.
How are Stress Fractures of the Foot & Ankle Treated?
Treatment will vary depending on the severity and location of the stress fracture, with most stress fractures treated non-surgically.
Initial treatment may begin with the RICE protocol of “rest-ice-compression-elevation,” in addition to anti-inflammatory medications. Recommendations for non-surgical treatment may include crutches to keep weight off the foot (until the pain subsides), lifestyle modifications, reduction of the irritating activity, and a change in footwear. In some cases, the fracture may require a cast to keep the bones in a fixed position, and to decrease stress on the leg.
For proper healing, some stress fractures may necessitate surgery, usually to insert some type of fastener. Pins, screws, and/or plates may be used to hold the small bones of the foot and ankle together during the healing process.
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