Stress fractures are injuries that occur most often in the second and third metatarsals. They are
common among runners but can happen to anyone. In fact, stress fractures are not uncommon
among people carrying out ordinary daily activities. If you suspect a stress fracture, give our
Atlanta podiatrist a call to schedule an urgent appointment. Outcomes are generally good with
early intervention. Not sure what is causing the pain in your foot or ankle? Learn more about
stress fractures, including causes and treatment options here.
Causes of stress fractures
Stress fractures are most often caused by overuse. Such an injury may occur:
- If you suddenly increase the length or intensity of your exercise routine. Injury results
because the bones have not had adequate opportunity to build themselves to withstand the
- If you change the surface of your exercise. Examples include a change from running on
the treadmill to running outside.
- If you wear shoes without adequate support. Shoes that do not provide enough cushioning
provide less protection from injury.
- If you walk on uneven surfaces.
- If you are taking certain kinds of medication or have osteoporosis.
The most common symptom of stress fractures is pain. You may also experience swelling,
tenderness and bruising. Although stress fractures are most common in the mid foot they also
occur frequently in the ankle joint and heel. If you suspect a stress fracture it is important to see
our Atlanta podiatrist for care. Left untreated a stress fracture will lead to increased pain. Other
complications include a complete break of the bone or improper healing of the bone. Until your
appointment stay off the injury and practice the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression,
Elevation). You may also want to use an over the counter, anti-inflammatory pain reliever, such
Our Atlanta podiatrist will want to learn from you about your medical history, recent activities
and any medications you are taking. We will perform a visual exam and probe the affected area,
noting your response. In some cases, imaging may be required to confirm the diagnosis.
If you have a stress fracture the most important thing you can do is avoid weight bearing
activities. You should expect a full recovery in six to eight weeks if you follow the treatment
plan carefully. If you return to normal activities too soon, you will extend the healing time and
likely worsen the injury. Depending on the location of the injury our Atlanta podiatrist may
recommend crutches, immobilization or protective footwear. In some cases, surgery is required.
We will work together with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan
Stress fractures are common injuries that are very treatable. If you have one, please call to
schedule your appointment right away. Early intervention improves outcomes. Our Atlanta
podiatrist has experience treating all conditions of the foot and ankle. Call us with confidence.
We are here to help.