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By contactus
November 02, 2010
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Of course you have probably heard the term at one time or another. The "Ol' Gunslinger", Brett Favre has been on the sports report as having one currently in his foot/ankle. But what is a stress fracture?
A stress fracture is a crack in any one of your bones, and it is a true fracture, meaning that your bone is actually "broken", but is not the result of a single traumatic event or injury. Stress fractures commonly occur after repetitive strain and overuse of one particular area of the body. In the foot, the metatarsal bones, especially the 2nd are the most vulnerable.
Each bone in your body is lined with a sleeve of tissue called the "periosteum" which is filled with nerves and blood vessels. As the strain through a given bone increases, you may have pain and swelling over that area, indicating a stress reaction is beginning. Pain that does not warm up and go away with activity is often a sign that there is a problem more than just muscle soreness/stiffness. The pain you feel is from those little nerves/vessels sending a signal to you that there is a problem developing. This is a sign to reduce the intensity and frequency of your workouts, and to use ice and rest. If the symptoms reduce and the pain eventually goes away, you can gradually resume your workouts and hopefully your stress reaction will not progress to a fracture.
If you do not heed the initial warning symptoms of pain and swelling, the stresses will continue and you may develop a full-blown stress fracture, where the bone cracks, unable to resist the increasing force. There is focal pain/swelling over a given area, there may or may not be bruising, and you will have difficulty walking without pain.
Remember, any foot pain that does not respond to a few days of rest and icing should be evaluated by your podiatrist. An early and thorough evaluation may prevent worsening of your problem, before it progresses to a fracture or other serious injury. Call and make an appointment with our office today!

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