Stress Fracture Treatment


While stress fractures frequently affect athletes and runners from the repetitive pounding, they can also occur when a less active individual decides to suddenly start exercising without proper moderation and warming up. The bones, muscles, and ligaments are not accustomed to the pressure and are therefore more susceptible to injury. 

In many cases, a stress or hairline fracture will develop gradually and it may not be immediately obvious that a fracture has occurred. Sometimes the condition mimics other conditions such as an ankle sprain. Always consult with your foot care professional. Confirming the diagnosis of a stress fracture is done with imaging studies such as an MRI scan. 

Treatment of a stress fracture

The only way to effectively treat a stress fracture is to allow the break to completely heal:

  • Immobilization—An immobilizing cast or walking boot may be prescribed by your foot doctor and you will need to wear it for many months.

  • Physical therapy exercises—A variety of low-stress exercises will help to strengthen the injured area.

  • Gradual reintroduction of activities—After the initial healing stage, be certain that you gradually reintroduce activities such as exercising, running or sports to prevent a re-injury. 

  • SurgeryIn severe cases, surgery involving pins or other hardware may be necessary to hold the break together while healing occurs. Expect a long recovery period lasting six months or more.

If you suspect that you have a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, see your podiatrist to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry, located in Twinsburg, OH, Dr. E.J. Nemet treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us, call (234) 212-9940 or schedule an appointment online today!