Sometimes looking under the surface reveals hidden “cracks” that can lead to much bigger problems. That’s certainly the case in the new movie The Giver that officially releases on August 15. Main character Jonas finds out that his whole world has a lot of hidden cracks and flaws that deteriorate around him. Although not quite that dramatic, you can have a similar problem inside your body. Issues like stress fractures start small, but they can lead to a lot of pain and problems for your feet later.
Stress fractures are cracks in your bone tissue. This may not seem serious at first, since it isn’t a full break, but these cracks are painful and weaken your feet. Anything with a split in it is far more likely to fracture completely under a little pressure. That is why you shouldn’t ignore them—unless you want to deal with a more serious injury later.
Treatment does take time, but doing it correctly is important. This will mean taking a break from all hard-impact activities so that you aren’t straining the cracked tissue. In some cases, your foot will need to be immobilized to prevent you from accidentally stressing the injury. Depending on which bones are affected and how big the split has become, you may need to avoid putting weight on that foot at all. Once your bone has healed, you’ll most likely need some kind of physical therapy to condition your lower limbs. That way you can transition back into your activities without reinjuring your feet.
Don’t take stress fractures for granted. While you can usually still walk, the risk of the small cracks becoming fully-fledged fractures is high. Instead, have them treated before they deteriorate. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona if you have any kind of pain in your lower limbs, especially when you’re active. You can submit an online request, call, or fax to reach us for an appointment. For Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.