Foot/Ankle Stress Fracture
Stress fractures are tiny breaks in the bone, usually caused by repetitive stress from activities like running. Although they can be quite painful, they usually resolve with a few months rest.
Pain is the most common complaint, although often not in the exact area of the fracture.
Gradual swelling and brusing can occur around the ankle. Bruising can track down toward the sole of the foot or toward the toes.
The initial treatment for a stress fracture is to:
- Rest, ice and elevate the extremity
- Reduce activity
- Use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for pain
Depending on which bone is involved, your doctor may recommend a splint or cast to immobilize the affected area. In some cases, crutches or cane are necessary to decrease weight bearing. Severe stress fractures that won’t heal on their own sometimes require surgery.