Stress Fracture Questions and Answers
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A stress fracture, also referred to as a hairline fracture, is a type of broken bone, but it is different than a full break. The term broken bone encompasses a wide range of different fractures and breaks, including stress fractures, oblique fractures, compression fractures, and others. With a stress fracture, a tiny crack develops in the bone through overuse and repetitive force, quite often affecting the bones in your feet. As a result, they are quite common in individuals who participate in long-distance running or sports that involve an abundance of running, such as soccer, football, or basketball. Stress fractures also frequently occur when an individual changes their workout routine, such as moving from a treadmill to jogging outdoors, or vice versa. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you are at higher risk of experiencing a stress fracture, as well as those with foot conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and eating disorders.
While some individuals who have experienced a stress fracture can continue to do some light physical activities, such as biking, cycling, or swimming, the amount of activity that a person can participate in with a stress fracture varies according to the severity of their injury and their health condition. As such, it is essential to consult a doctor who can evaluate your stress fracture before you try biking or any other physical activity that could potentially cause further injury to your stress fracture. At Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis, MD, our board-certified orthopedic surgeon would be more than happy to evaluate your stress fracture and overall condition to let you know if you can safely get back on two wheels!
As with broken bones, a stress fracture is a type of fracture, but they differ from many other types of fractures in that they do not involve a full or partial break but only a small crack in the bone. As a result, treatment options for a stress fracture are also often different from that of other fracture types. While the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation, is used in most fractures, including stress fractures, other treatment options for stress fractures involve protective footwear or activity modifications. Stress fractures that involve the metatarsal, navicular, or talus bones often require some form of casting, as they typically take longer to heal than stress fractures in other areas of the foot.
If you have suffered a stress fracture, we would be delighted to provide first-rate evaluation and treatment of your injury at Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis, MD, in Massapequa, NY! For an appointment, we invite you to schedule one through our website or by giving us a call anytime between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday through Thursday or on Fridays from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.