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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 18, 2019
Category: Stress Fracture
Tags: stress fractures  

Stress fractures are very common in the feet, especially when they are exposed to repeated yet sudden movements involving pressure and strong force.

One would normally think of a bone fracture as a bone that is totally broken into two pieces or broken from multiple places. However, stress fractures are different though equally painful, i.e. they are hairline fractures in the bone.

How can you detect if you are suffering from a stress fracture? Here are a few indications:

  • Feeling pain while walking or engaging in any physical activity.
  • The pain may diminish or disappear while resting.
  • Swelling on top of your feet.
  • Bruising or discoloration.
  • Feeling pain in only particular areas of your foot.
  • Soreness while touching the injured area or over-sensitivity.

Precaution is better than cure; therefore a few helpful tips to look after your feet can save you from stress fractures:

  • Select your shoes wisely – wrong shoes can become a nightmare for the feet. Wear proper shoes that will support your foot and save it from abnormal or frequent shocks.
  • Compression and bandaging can reduce inflammation and swelling. Ice is also effective to lessen the swelling caused by stress fractures.
  • Resting and giving yourself ample breaks in between tough physical exertions will also help your feet to recover and recuperate.
  • Most importantly, consult a foot care specialist any time you experience pain or discomfort. In severe and untreated cases, you may need to undergo surgery to keep your bones in place for you to carry on with your normal activities.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot care specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto is equipped to take care of all your foot and ankle related issues especially feet stress fractures. For a thorough examination, diagnosis and treatment, visit our offices in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, New York or call us at (718) 567-1403 or (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today. For more information on foot health, foot disorders, diagnosis, and treatment, you can browse throughout an extensive patient library.

History of Stress Fracture does not Stop Willie Cauley-Stein from Joining Sacramento Kings - Brooklyn Podiatrist - Joseph Stuto, DPM

Willie Cauley-Stein from the University of Kentucky got the nod from the Sacramento Kings ending up as the number 6 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. Fellow University of Kentucky center Karl Anthony Towns however, got the top pick overall.

Considered by many as a talented big man, Willie Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1 assist. He was considered a defensive specialist who possessed athleticism on both ends of the floor. His story of a stress fracture however, seemed to dampen some the teams searching for a big man.

Stress Fractures and Basketball Stars

There’s certainly no shortage of big men in this year’s NBA draft or in the teams current rosters, but keeping them healthy is a huge concern among teams. Remember how Yao Ming’s career had to be cut short because of chronic foot problems. With the pressure of constantly running up and down the court and jumping for shots or rebounds, basketball players are prime candidates for stress fractures. Combine this with a 7 foot frame and you’ve got the recipe of a possible foot injury.

Willie Cauley-Stein’s history of a stress fractured suffered earlier in his career seems to have fueled concerns about his long term health. But this was not certainly the case when the Sacramento Kings chose him as the number 6 pick in the draft.

You don’t have to be an athlete. People who practice an active lifestyle or indulge in sports activities are also at high risk for stress fracture. A podiatrist is a foot specialist who can diagnose if you are suffering from a foot injury. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from foot injuries.

Stress Fractures – Things To Look Out For

  • Pain that is alleviated with resting the feet
  • Swelling or tenderness in the feet
  • Bluish skin discoloration
  • Foot deformity

Pain and swelling are the earliest sign of a foot injury. Most stress fractures do not show any symptoms and could only be detected through advance imaging techniques such as MRI.  

At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot injuries. To schedule an appointment call 718-624-7537.