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From Stress to Full Break: Why Treat Stress Fractures

Take a second and think about a dam. Maybe you are picturing the Smith Mountain Dam, or perhaps you have an image of Daffy Duck trying to plug holes with his thumbs in an old Looney Tunes cartoon. Either way, you will probably realize that a small crack, when facing a tremendous amount of pressure, can start to weaken the entire structure. This can lead to a big issue. Such is the case with stress fractures, especially when they go untreated. Here at Shenandoah Podiatry, we want to make sure that you take care of these tiny fissures before they become major issues for you.

Whereas a stress fracture can lead to pain, discomfort, and the inability to perform activities that you normally would, a main concern is making sure that the condition doesn’t worsen to an outright break of the bone. Your bone tissue is already compromised at this point and additional pressure could certainly lead to damage that might never heal properly.

Treatment for stress fractures are often conservative in nature and centered on immobilizing the bone and providing time for the body’s natural healing processes to take over and mend the bone tissue. Rest is essential, especially given that it often takes 6 to 8 weeks for a stress fracture to completely heal. During this time, it is feasible to switch to low-impact activities like swimming, bicycling, and yoga to maintain conditioning, as long as Dr. Keller approves. We may recommend wearing protective footwear to reduce stress on the injured area. Ice and elevation are also components of treatment that we can recommend.

When you need expert care and treatment for stress fractures, or any foot or ankle issueyou may be experiencing, Shenandoah Podiatry is here for you. We proudly serve the Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg, VA areas by providing the first-class podiatric care you need. Call our Roanoke office at (540) 904-1458 or use our online form to contact us today.