Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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Do I need surgery for a stress fracture?
In the vast majority of cases, you won’t need stress fracture surgery. Nearly all stress fractures can be treated conservatively. You’ll have to take time away from all hard impact activities and minimize the pressure on your foot for several weeks for the bone to heal. You may have to wear a special boot to keep your foot stable and immobile while the crack grows back together.
If you continually develop a stress fracture in the same place, the original injury doesn’t heal well with time, or the crack is in a difficult-to-treat place, then you might need surgery to completely recover. Surgery is used to pin the cracked bone back together, so it grows new tissue to join the split. This is not normal for a stress fracture, but it can happen. Don’t let fear of surgery keep you from getting the foot care you need. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler and Gilbert for an appointment as soon as you think you have a problem. You can use our web contact form to reach us, or call or fax: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler, or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert.
What can I do to prevent a stress fracture?
Stress fracture prevention involves keeping your feet well-supported and avoiding overuse. Bones crack and develop stress fractures when biomechanical issues prevent your feet from absorbing shock and pressure correctly. They can be linked to muscle weakness or exhaustion, too. Here are some of the most effective ways to prevent a stress fracture.
Make sure your shoes support your feet in the ways that you need it, and aren’t too worn out. You might need orthotics to add support or correct biomechanical issues.
Cross-train regularly and use strength-building exercises to give your feet a break from hard impacts while still building them up.
Condition your feet for any change to your normal routine, too, by easing into it slowly. This allows your lower limbs to get used to the different stressors and avoid becoming overworked.
If you’d like help building foot strength, or you’re concerned you already have a stress fracture, contact the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can make an appointment online, or by calling or faxing: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler office.