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Stress Fracture

A stress fracture, often called a hairline fracture is a crack in a bone, usually a metatarsal, but could be another bone like your heel bone, that is not caused by one single traumatic event, but is a result of imparting excessive and or repetitive stresses through the bone.  They can happen when someone increases their exercises or runs faster than the body can adapt to these forces.  The bone fatigues and cracks resulting in pain.  Pain from a stress fracture is present with every step that is taken and can be considerably painful.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling and bruising can show up in the fractured area.  However, just because you don’t see swelling or a bruise doesn’t mean it isn’t broken.
  • If in the heel, pain not only on the bottom of the foot, but with side to side pressure
  • Pain usually with every step

We arrive at a diagnosis for stress fractures after reviewing the patient’s extensive history, including history of their activities and exercising, as well as, utilizing x-rays.  Sometimes additional testing is necessary such as CT scan or an MRI.  Often, early x-rays don’t show any evidence of a fracture; therefore, other imagining can be more defining in uncertain situations.  These fractures typically take about 6 weeks to heal, with proper rest and immobilization of the limb.

In conclusion, if you are having any sort of foot pain, don’t rule out the possibility of a stress fracture.  We can reduce or eliminate your pain, make you more comfortable, and get you back to the activities you love.  Call Kansas City Foot & Ankle to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.  Let the specialists in foot and ankle injuries evaluate your pain and get you back on the road to recovery.

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