Important Information About Stress Fractures

When you hear the word “fracture” in a medical context, chances are you think of a broken bone resulting from an accident or a fall. But do you know those acute fractures are only one example of a broken bone? Stress fractures are another serious kind of break.

As the very name of the injury implies, unlike an acute fracture which occurs due to sudden trauma, a stress fracture happens when one spot is stressed repeatedly over an extended period. A hairline break develops and, as the area continues to be stressed, pain and other symptoms appear.

Anyone can get a stress fracture – men, women, and kids of any age – but dancers, runners, and other athletes are at particular risk, especially those who engage in stop and start sports like basketball, tennis, and soccer. New or increased activity such as rehearsing for a show or training for a race can amplify the risk.

Be alert to the symptoms of a stress fracture. These include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit to your podiatrist is appropriate. With years of training and experience, your foot doctor is a specialist and the best-qualified medical specialist the help you. Treatment options for your stress fracture might include immobilization with a cast or boot, physical therapy, and prescription or over-the-counter medication. Once you're feeling better, your doctor might prescribe custom orthotics to prevent the issue from recurring.

Don't suffer from foot pain. See expert podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment today in our comfortable Ravenswood office.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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