Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Stress Fracture Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Stress fractures are minuscule cracks that develop in bones, typically occurring in the lower body due to the weight-bearing nature of these bones. The feet, in particular, are prone to stress fractures as they absorb the body’s weight during everyday activities like walking, running, or jumping.

The most prevalent site for stress fractures in the lower body is the tibia, also known as the shinbone. Often mistaken for “shin splints,” this discomfort is commonly experienced during physical activity. Contrary to popular belief, shin splints are not stress fractures but rather a result of muscle separation from the bone. It’s crucial for individuals experiencing shin splints to cease training, as persistent muscle strain can progress to stress fractures.

Symptoms and Causes of Stress Fractures

Stress fractures typically stem from overuse injuries, frequently seen in runners and athletes. These fractures develop gradually due to repetitive stress on weight-bearing bones and accompanying muscles, resulting in tiny cracks in the bone.

Initially, stress fractures may not cause pain, but with continued repetitive motion, discomfort can emerge in the affected area. While repetitive strain and overuse are primary contributors to stress fractures, other factors play a role in their development, including:

  • Biomechanical issues
  • Weak or inflexible muscles
  • Training on unsuitable surfaces
  • Wearing ill-fitting footwear
  • Family history of osteoporosis

Diagnosis and Treatment of Stress Fractures

To diagnose a stress fracture, your podiatrist will review your medical history and assess your symptoms through a physical examination, identifying areas of tenderness and discomfort. Imaging tests like x-rays or ultrasounds may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment strategies vary based on the severity of the stress fracture. For mild cases, non-surgical approaches are typically employed, such as:

  • Modifying activities
  • Using protective or better-fitting footwear
  • Application of casts or padding
  • Custom orthotics

In instances where conservative methods fail, surgery may be necessary. Surgical intervention often involves the insertion of fasteners like pins, screws, or plates to provide support and stability to the affected bones in the foot or shin.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669