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Posts for tag: Stress Fractures

By Dr Arden Smith
May 16, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Stress Fractures  
Older adults are particularly vulnerable to stress fractures, or tiny cracks in the bone, because the trabeculae, the spongy tissue that connects your bodies bones, thin with age. The most common symptom is pain with activity that subsides with rest. 
 
At Advanced Podiatry we saw a lot of stress fractures throughout the pandemic. People were barefoot more because they worked from home, and they gained  weight, which together is not a good combination.
 
It’s important to realize that the symptoms of a stress fracture are more subtle than those you may experience with an actual broken bone. In fact, a lot of people don’t even realize they have one.  There’s usually not much swelling or bruising, they don’t remember hurting themselves, and they usually can still walk, albeit with pain. 
 
If pain lasts more than a few days and doesn’t seem to get better with ice and rest, please come in to see one of our award-winning expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Maspeth, Manhasset, Huntington, Mineola, Plainview, Williston Park, or Coram.  Treatment will usually consist of a walking boot until adequate healing has taken place.
By Dr Arden Smith
November 28, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Stress Fractures  

Repeated stress like the continuous pounding of running, sports, exercise, or dance  can cause a tiny break in the bone, also known as a stress fracture. The metatarsal bones, which make up the front part of the arch, are a common area for stress fractures with the second and third metatarsal's being affected most often.

The pain is typically felt at a specific and localize spot, usually on the top portion of the bone. Sadly, your stress fracture might not be obvious at first, which puts you at risk for making it worse. The pain may be milder first, but he can intensify with time if you don't take care of it.
Stress fractures take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal and are routinely treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is key here, ice and anti- inflammatory medication may assist in the early days, but the fastest path way to healing is through relative offloading of the fracture site. That means no running or high impact exercise until your doctor says so. We, at Advanced Podiatry, often prescribe a Walking Boot to help take some load off the affected area. A stress fracture can turn into a full break if you aren't careful.



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