Stress fractures are tiny hairline breaks that can occur in the bones of the foot, that be sustained without any recent trauma. Stress fractures can also develop from normal use of a bone that’s weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis.They can also be caused by overtraining or overuse, improper training habits or surfaces, improper shoes, flatfoot or other foot deformities.
Pain, swelling, redness and bruising can be signs of a stress fracture, most commonly noted at the very top of your foot. The fracture can occur almost anywhere in the foot but most commonly the long bones (metatarsals) of your foot. X-rays are useful for diagnosis at approximately 2-3 weeks after symptoms begin, as this when the signs of healing are evident on the imaging. Stress fractures can worsen if not treated immediately, including immbolization with surgical shoe or boot, possible cast depending on the extent of the fracture. If fracture is not seen on time, it may increase time of healing or displace the fracture requiring surgical repair.
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