Your Podiatrist Can Diagnose and Treat a Stress Fracture

When you think about a broken bone, your mind probably goes to an acute fracture, a sudden break that occurs due to a fall, auto accident, or another sudden incident. These are common injuries, especially in the delicate bones of the feet. But these are only one kind of fracture. Your lower body is also at risk of stress fractures, a type of hairline fracture that develops and worsens slowly over a long period. An expert foot doctor like Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos can diagnose and treat stress fractures or any other injury to or illness of the feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Who Is at Risk for Stress Fracture?

Anyone can get a stress fracture, but they are most common among athletes, including dancers, runners, joggers, and people who enjoy stop-and-start sports like soccer and basketball. Stress fractures often occur during times of intense training, such as preparing for a race or recital. Men, women, and adolescents are all vulnerable.

What to Look Out For: Signs of Stress Fracture

Unlike the pain associated with an acute bone break, which is typically unrelenting, the discomfort associated with a stress fracture tends to get better and worse. Be alert to the discomfort that intensifies with activity and calms with rest, or that is worse in the morning or the evening than over the course of the day. Also, take note of discomfort or weakness that interferes with performance.

How Can a Podiatrist Help?

Every visit to your foot doctor will begin with a thorough examination of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Your podiatrist will then diagnose any existing or imminent issues. If s/he agrees that your discomfort is due to a stress fracture, treatment options will include over the counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling, immobilization with a cast or boot, and physical therapy. Invasive treatment, like surgery, is rarely necessary.

If you suspect that you have developed a stress fracture, or if you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first step to recovery is to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. With years of education and training, including a hospital residency, your podiatrist is a medical expert and the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body. Call the friendly, professional My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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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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