Bartlett Foot & Ankle Stress Fracture

Need Treatment For Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures?

About 20 percent of Americans suffer at least 1 foot related problem each year.

These problems include pain, bruising, inflammation, or tenderness on the foot.

If your pain is severe, you might be in need of foot and ankle stress fracture treatment.

Contact the doctors at Bartlett Foot Center to schedule an appointment with our Bartlett Podiatrist today.

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What is a Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in your foot or ankle bones. Most of the cracks occur in the lower leg in the weight-bearing bones. These fractures happen due to repetitive use of those bones.

Risk factors for getting a stress fracture include:

  • wearing the wrong shoes
  • poor flexibility and muscle strength
  • failure to warm up before physical exertion
  • decreased bone density
  • participating in sports
  • running on uneven surfaces

Knowing what causes the bone cracks is one thing. Learn when you should go for a stress fracture foot treatment procedure.

When to Go for Stress Fracture Foot Treatment

Not all pain is created equal. Foot specialists treat different kinds of foot problems that cause pain. These are problems such as foot spurs, dislocations, arthritis, or bunions. Bone cracks present a new level of pain.

It’s not surprising that foot and ankle stress fractures occur from overuse of the bones. Aside from the average 4000 steps a day, there are other load causing movements such as jumping and running. As such, the constant striking of the foot on the ground leads to trauma.

Stress fractures come in various forms:

Metatarsal Fractures

These are the five longest bones between the heel and the phalanges. Phalanges are the toe bones. The cracks tend to occur in the second or third metatarsals. A less common fracture occurs in the fifth metatarsals. It affects the bases of the fifth metatarsals. This leads to pain in the outside of their foot.

Navicular Fractures

Navicular bones are near the heel and connect to the metatarsals. This type of fracture is difficult to treat due to the risk of non-union with other bones. Patients feel pain on the top side of the foot arch.

Sesamoid Fractures

Sesamoids are bean-sized bones in the ball of the foot. A good example of a large sesamoid bone is the kneecap. The foot specialist checks for pain in the bone and metatarsal joint on the first toe.

Talus Fractures

The talus is the large ankle bone. It connects to the navicular, calcaneus, fibia, and tibia bones. This rare stress fracture also risks non-union in treatment.

Medial Malleolus Fractures

Another rare injury is in the medial malleolus. This part connects to the talus and is on the inside of the ankle.

Calcaneus Fractures

The calcaneus is the heel bone. Pain occurs on the outer side of the heel. Due to constant walking, some people don’t see the pain as a problem. They put it down to standing all day or give another excuse.

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Get in Touch with a Foot and Ankle Specialist

If you only feel pain when you are using your feet, this is a good indicator you may have a stress fracture. The pain will be localized in a specific area with other signs of inflammation. Then, you need to call our office. Check for signs of discoloration on your foot. It may indicate blood is not flowing well into your foot. This can cause problems such as avascular necrosis. This means the bone tissue will die.

Get in touch with a specialist to give you a stress fracture foot treatment.

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What our customers have to say

Dan McCarthy
Dan McCarthy
Dr. Sack evaluated my son’s ankle and was incredibly thorough and detailed in his analysis. He also provided a clear and concise explanation of my son’s injury and what a potential treatment plan would entail. I would highly recommend Bartlett Ankle and Foot Center and Dr. Sack.
Scott Kinnaman
Scott Kinnaman
Dr. Dunn is great. Receptionist is always helpful with questions/insurance and scheduling appointments
Terry Dane
Terry Dane
Dr. BRIAN DUNN. Not only is he an expert in Podiatry, but he is very personable. cares
Jennifer Reale
Jennifer Reale
Dr. Sack and Dr. Dunn are the only podiatrists I trust my feet with. Dr. Sack has seen me through many injuries and two surgeries now. He always listens to my concerns, and exhausts every option before we head down the surgical route. I love how responsive he is to his patients. I know if I ever have a question, he'll get back to me promptly. If you have problems with your feet, I highly recommend this practice! You won't be disappointed!
Keith Engstrom
Keith Engstrom
I have been seeing Dr Dunn for years and he is great. A+++++ all around.
Why knew that "quarantine foot" was a thing? Just putting gym shoes back on around the house has helped a ton with my foot pain. Dr. Dunn is the best!
Janan Jarosinski
Janan Jarosinski
Very professional , excellent staff with all the right answers!! Dr. Sack ,after initial meeting , not only immediately came to a conclusion on my foot ailment , but quickly came up with a surgical solution to help and cure my problem . By following his post operative recovery time and job related therapy "STRICTLY!!" , I was able to return to work in construction successfully ! I would have no problem recommending Dr. Sack and his helpful staff to anyone with foot problems - Steve