Are you currently dealing with a fractured foot?
Learn more about your condition and how to improve your recovery time.
You are sliding into home base. Adrenaline is pumping and you’re just waiting to hear that you’re safe. So, perhaps you didn’t immediately notice that something just didn’t feel right with your foot. Maybe it wasn’t until you dusted yourself off and started to move around that you knew something was wrong. If our Ocala, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Robert Linn, Jr., recently diagnosed you with a fractured foot, you may want to know more about what could have caused this problem and how to get back on your feet.
What is a stress fracture? What causes it?
Sometimes referred to as a hairline fracture, this musculoskeletal injury results from little cracks in a bone. This happens as a result of overuse or performing repetitive movements, which is why more athletes face this kind of injury.
Of course, a stress fracture can also come about if you suddenly change the intensity or duration of your workout. If in doubt, when changing your workout routine you should talk to our Ocala foot doctor about the best way to increase or alter your workout safely.
Furthermore, if you don’t wear the proper shoes for your sport you may also find yourself at risk for a stress fracture. Wearing worn out shoes or shoes that don’t offer enough stability and support should be a no-go.
Certain conditions that affect the health of your bones (e.g. osteoporosis) can also make someone prone to developing stress fractures. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis it’s important that you are getting the proper treatment you need to keep bones healthy and strong.
How are stress fractures treated?
The most important thing you can if you are diagnosed with a stress fracture is to just relax and take an adequate amount of time away from certain exercises to ensure that your foot has time to fully heal. Continuing to participate in certain high-impact sports could end up leading to more serious complications. Make sure to come in for regular checkups to make sure everything has completely healed before you return to your regular exercise routine.
In most cases, nonsurgical treatment is all that’s needed to help ease your symptoms while the fracture heals. Our podiatrists may also recommend wearing a cast or protective boot. Icing the foot and taking pain relievers can also help ease pain and swelling when they occur.
Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala is here to make sure your feet get the best care possible. Whether you are dealing with bunions or a fractured foot, turn to the foot specialists in Ocala, FL, that you can trust.