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Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures

Nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet. A broken (fractured) bone in your forefoot or in one of your toes is often painful, but rarely disabling.

A stress fracture is a type of fracture that frequently occurs in the bones of the forefoot extending from your toes to the middle of your foot. Stress fractures are like tiny cracks in the bone surface. They can occur with sudden increases in exercise (such as running or walking for longer distances or times), improper training techniques or changes in training surfaces.

With complete rest, stress fractures heal quickly. However, if a stress fracture is continually bothersome, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a specialist at Progressive Podiatry.  A stress fracture in the foot is often the first sign of osteoporosis. The specialists at Ankle & Foot Associates have the expertise to guide you through diagnosis and a unique treatment plan. Stress fractures left untreated may become complete fractures, which require casting and immobilization.

Progressive Podiatry recommends the following to prevent stress fractures:

  • Avoid excessive physical activities, such as running long distances without resting periods

  • Select shoes with extra padding for additional support

Progressive Podiatry is an ideal choice for both prevention and treatments. To learn more about Progressive Podiatry, or to schedule a consultation with a specialist, please call (859) 331-2440.

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