Signs You May Have a Stress Fracture

You might not notice a stress fracture right away. These tiny cracks in your bones tend to happen after you’ve recently stepped up your activity level, often as a result of transitioning from a sedentary lifestyle to more physical stress. 

You might write your pain or discomfort off as just post-workout aches. But eventually, nagging signs of an underlying stress fracture start to make themselves known, including potential foot pain or ankle pain

If you suspect a potential stress fracture, don’t ignore the problem. Bone breaks and stress fractures end with better outcomes when a medical professional examines them and properly treats them.

Instead of waiting for your pain to worsen and risking long-term complications, see our expert care team at Town Center Foot & Ankle. Podiatric physician and surgeon Stephen Eichelsdorfer, DPM, provides support to our patients who suffer from stress fractures, including foot fractures.

When you risk a stress fracture

Several factors can make you prone to stress fractures. If you have a condition like osteoporosis, existing weaknesses in your bones can lead to easier fracturing. Dietary deficiencies can increase your risk of stress fractures, as well.

But the most common cause of stress fractures is right there in the name: physical stress. When you increase your activity level or weight-bearing actions, you put more pressure on the bones in your lower legs and feet. 

Running and jumping are common culprits leading to stress fractures.

If your bones aren’t strong enough to stand up to the strain, you could develop stress fractures. By changing your exercise levels and lifestyle gradually, you allow your bones to adapt naturally. Without the extra time to grow stronger bones, you risk stress fractures.

When to see a doctor

If you have a stress fracture, you notice pain that tends to get worse over time, often located in a specific area. Your pain decreases when you rest, but doesn’t go away over the course of days or weeks. 

You could also see swelling around the affected area. If your pain doesn’t improve even at night, you most probably have a stress fracture.

If a stress fracture doesn’t heal properly, you could find yourself facing chronic foot or pain issues. You’re also more likely to suffer from another stress fracture after a badly healed stress injury.

Don’t wait for your potential stress fracture to worsen or complications to develop that could damage your leg and foot bones. 

If you think you could have a stress fracture, make an appointment with us at Town Center Foot & Ankle, located in Kingwood and Atascocita, Texas. Contact us today by phone or use our online tool to request an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Summer can be an easy time to pick up nail fungus. Do you know the most common risk factors? Read to learn what you need to know about the ways people commonly contract nail fungus infections.

Increase Joint Stability with Physical Therapy

Strong and stable joints keep you less prone to falls and accidents that can lead to injuries. If you’re recovering from an injury or want to build joint stability, read this blog to learn how physical therapy can help.

3 Symptoms of a Neuroma

Could you have a neuroma in your foot? This condition, caused by thickening of tissues around the nerves of your feet, can cause intense pain. Keep reading to learn more about the signs and symptoms of a neuroma.

Why Prompt Care of a Sprained Ankle Is Important

If you’ve sprained your ankle you need to rest and treat your injury properly which can lower your risk of long-term problems with your ankle joint. Read on to learn more about how to care for a sprained ankle.

Can Hammertoes Be Halted?

Are you at risk for hammertoes? Lots of time on your feet in constricting shoes can leave your toes with lasting damage. Keep reading to learn how to turn the tide on developing hammertoes.