Stress fractures are injuries that occur most often in the second and third metatarsals. They are

common among runners but can happen to anyone. In fact, stress fractures are not uncommon

among people carrying out ordinary daily activities. If you suspect a stress fracture, give our

Atlanta podiatrist a call to schedule an urgent appointment. Outcomes are generally good with

early intervention. Not sure what is causing the pain in your foot or ankle? Learn more about

stress fractures, including causes and treatment options here.

Causes of stress fractures

Stress fractures are most often caused by overuse. Such an injury may occur:

  • If you suddenly increase the length or intensity of your exercise routine. Injury results

because the bones have not had adequate opportunity to build themselves to withstand the

increased demands.

  • If you change the surface of your exercise. Examples include a change from running on

the treadmill to running outside.

  • If you wear shoes without adequate support. Shoes that do not provide enough cushioning

provide less protection from injury.

  • If you walk on uneven surfaces.
  • If you are taking certain kinds of medication or have osteoporosis.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of stress fractures is pain. You may also experience swelling,

tenderness and bruising. Although stress fractures are most common in the mid foot they also

occur frequently in the ankle joint and heel. If you suspect a stress fracture it is important to see

our Atlanta podiatrist for care. Left untreated a stress fracture will lead to increased pain. Other

complications include a complete break of the bone or improper healing of the bone. Until your

appointment stay off the injury and practice the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression,

Elevation). You may also want to use an over the counter, anti-inflammatory pain reliever, such

as Aleve.

Your Appointment

Our Atlanta podiatrist will want to learn from you about your medical history, recent activities

and any medications you are taking. We will perform a visual exam and probe the affected area,

noting your response. In some cases, imaging may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

If you have a stress fracture the most important thing you can do is avoid weight bearing

activities. You should expect a full recovery in six to eight weeks if you follow the treatment

plan carefully. If you return to normal activities too soon, you will extend the healing time and

likely worsen the injury. Depending on the location of the injury our Atlanta podiatrist may

recommend crutches, immobilization or protective footwear. In some cases, surgery is required.

We will work together with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan

Stress fractures are common injuries that are very treatable. If you have one, please call to

schedule your appointment right away. Early intervention improves outcomes. Our Atlanta

podiatrist has experience treating all conditions of the foot and ankle. Call us with confidence.

We are here to help.

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Dr. Fui Dawson

Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Fui Dawson, is a Harvard trained Foot & Ankle Specialist treating patients in Marietta, GA and in the surrounding communities. Our clinic, Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, offers treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.