Foot and ankle stress fracture repair usually consist of nonsurgical treatments. Stress fractures are tiny hairline cracks on the surface of the bone. These fractures, unlike displaced or compound fractures, don't go beyond the surface of the bone. Stress fractures of the foot and ankle are usually the result of overuse or injury to the lower extremities. Ballet, basketball training, stressful exercise and other strenuous activities that involve overuse and forceful motion in the feet are the main causes of stress fractures.
Most stress fractures occur in the feet and lower part of the legs. When muscles become overtired due to overuse, they are no longer able to absorb the shock of repeated impacts. When this happens, the shock will deflect and be absorbed by the bones. Cracks or stress fractures of the bones result from the misplaced shock absorption.
Types of Foot and Ankle Stress Fracture Repair
Treatment of stress fractures of the foot and ankle usually does not include surgery. Stress fractures are normally able to heal on their own or with the help of nonsurgical treatments such as:
What to Expect after Foot and Ankle Stress Fracture Repair
Since stress fractures cause such minimal damage to the affected bones, you can expect complete recovery after treatment. As you heal, your doctor will provide guidelines and instructions for performing accepted activities. It is always important to strictly adhere to these guidelines since you are at a higher risk for re-injury that could lead to permanent pain or more serious problems.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute'sFoot & Ankle Services in New York performs repair of stress fractures of the foot and ankle as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for conditions that affect the foot and ankle.
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