Stress Fracture Specialist

Podiatry Care

Yitzchak Cohen, DPM

Podiatry located in Totowa, NJ & Paterson, NJ

Stress fractures are tiny breaks that tend to happen in bones that bear a lot of weight, like the bones in your feet and ankles. With his expertise in minor to complex fractures, Yitzchak Cohen, DPM, of Podiatry Care can help you recover from chronic pain and inflammation associated with stress fractures. Book your stress fracture exam at this Totowa, New Jersey-based podiatry practice by clicking the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.

Stress Fracture Q & A

What causes a stress fracture?

As the name implies, stress fractures are tiny breaks in your bones. Though you can suffer from a stress fracture anywhere in your body, they most commonly occur in areas that support your body weight and that are regularly under the stress of repetitive force, like your lower extremities. You can develop stress fractures due to:

  • Overtraining
  • Running long distances
  • History of stress fractures
  • Poor calcium and vitamin D intakes
  • Increasing your workout intensity too quickly
  • Participating in certain sports, like gymnastics, basketball, dance, or tennis

Though anyone of any age can suffer from a stress fracture, your chances are even higher if you’re older and have weakened bones due to osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

Initially, a stress fracture might just lead to a little discomfort. For instance, you might find that your foot or ankle feels sore when you workout, but begins to improve once you stop exercising. As your stress fracture progresses, you might start noticing:

  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness

If left untreated, not only can a seemingly minor stress fracture start affecting your training or even your work, it can also get worse and turn into a serious break. At Podiatry Care, you can get digital X-rays and go through a comprehensive exam, so you can get answers and start treatment right away.

How is a stress fracture treated?

It takes time for your stress fracture to heal, so Dr. Cohen is likely going to recommend staying off your affected foot and limiting your activity level. To promote healing and minimize inflammation, your stress fracture treatment plan may include:

  • Bracing, casting, or splinting
  • Physical therapy and modified exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If your stress fracture isn’t improving after trying conservative therapies for several months or if you have a more severe stress fracture, Dr. Cohen might recommend surgery. This minimally invasive procedure is needed to repair or stabilize bones with pins or plates. No matter which type of treatment is right for you, Dr. Cohen and the caring team at Podiatry Care ensure you recover as quickly as possible and return to your regular activities.

If you have a stress fracture or have undiagnosed foot or ankle pain, schedule an exam at Podiatry Care today. Request an appointment online, or call the office to schedule.

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