How Do I Know if I Have a Stress Fracture?

“Dr. Danciger from Palm Desert, CA. I’m going to talk about some of the symptoms which people may have if they have a stress fracture or an overuse injury to their foot.

As I said in my previous video, the most common areas where people will get a stress fracture are typically across the metatarsal bones. However, they can get it on the inside of the navicular bone, and also in the heel. The leg bones can also be an area. Typically patients will complain of the problem when it’s involved in the metatarsals, which are much more commonly seen in our practice. The foot is not too swollen when they get up in the morning, but as the day goes on, their foot seems to get larger and swells and the pain increases.

They don’t remember any kind of an injury, but they’re usually active or they’ve changed shoes and their activity level has increased, or they’ve started going to the gym and working out, or their mileage or time has increased with their running or other exercise activities.

They get off their foot, and the swelling seems to go down and it’s not too bad. But each day seems to progress and get worse the more they’re on their foot, the more this area gets swollen and painful, to the point of a generalized pain at first, but then as time goes on, it becomes part of a pinpoint or localized area to a specific metatarsal(s).

If you’re developing these symptoms, come in, give us a call. We can evaluate it, we can take an x-ray, sometimes x-rays will not show a stress fracture initially, but we have ultrasound, which can detect stress fractures very early, showing a break in the bone, and we can start you on the proper treatment." 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle