Our podiatry team at Unruh Spine Centers is happy to serve our friends and neighbors who are experiencing foot pain of any kind. Whether you are experiencing minor, inconvenient pain or serious, debilitating pain, don’t wait to get the medical attention and support you need to recover and get back on your feet.
Unfortunately, many people wait to call a podiatrist until their pain is severe. We encourage you to call as soon as you notice a problem. That way, we can find out the source of your discomfort and nip it in the bud before it begins to interfere with your life.
Connect with a Santa Clarita podiatrist today by calling (661) 288-0022. You can also contact us online to schedule your first appointment and tell us how we can help.
What Are Stress Fractures and How Do They Happen?
Stress fractures are small cracks in your bones. These are common in the bones of the ankles and feet because of the amount of weight they bear and the crucial role they play in supporting your bodyweight as you walk, exercise, and move around.
Stress fractures typically occur due to overuse, making them rather common among runners, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. These injuries develop due to repeated force placed on certain bone and muscle structures. Over time, tiny cracks take shape in the affected bones.
Initially, they aren’t particularly noticeable or painful. This may sound like good news, but what typically happens is that force is repeatedly exerted, making these stress fractures worse and worse without your knowledge. By the time you notice the effects of a stress fracture (including tenderness and pain around the affected area), it is often developed and deep.
In addition to repeated motion and overuse, stress fractures can result from a number of other things, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle stiffness
- Inadequate footwear
- Training on improper surfaces
Treatment for Stress Fractures
After performing an evaluation, an x-ray, an ultrasound, or whatever other test may be necessary, your podiatrist will determine whether you have a stress fracture.
If you do, your doctor will recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:
- Physical therapy
- Motion modification
- Protective, fitted shoes
- Custom orthotics
- Surgery to insert a screw, plate, or pin to brace the foot
If you suspect you have a stress fracture, connect with one of our team members at Unruh Spine Centers today. Our Santa Clarita podiatrists are here to help you identify and treat the source of your pain until we find the right solution for you.