Stress Fracture Specialist

Local Foot Doc -  - Podiatrist

Local Foot Doc

Podiatrists located in Brooklyn & Queens, New York City, NY

Stress fractures are tiny breaks, often in weight-bearing areas, that are known for causing debilitating pain. If you’re experiencing foot pain and inflammation, schedule a stress fracture evaluation with Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the podiatry team at any of Local Foot Doc’s office locations right away. For your convenience, Local Foot Doc has two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Book your stress fracture appointment online or over the phone today.

Stress Fracture Q & A

Why do stress fractures form?

Stress fractures tend to form in areas that are prone to impact, weight, and pressure, which is why they’re most common in your feet and lower legs. This type of injury often forms gradually over time due to:

  • Poor training techniques
  • Beginning a new sport or exercise
  • Repetitive stress from sports or running
  • Weakened bones, as with osteoporosis
  • Changing your workout intensity or weight 

You also risk suffering from a stress fracture if you change the surface on which you worked out. For instance, if you normally run on an outdoor dirt track, then switch to a firmer concrete indoor track or even a treadmill, the added pressure and impact on your bones can lead to stress fractures. 

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

Stress fractures don’t always cause obvious symptoms. You may just notice that your foot feels a little sore during or after your workout. As your stress fracture progresses though, you could experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on your foot
  • Swelling, bruising, or redness 
  • Tenderness or soreness

You’re also probably going to notice that your symptoms improve by resting your foot. If any of these issues sound familiar, the highly skilled podiatrists at Local Foot Doc can help. 

What does stress-fracture treatment look like?

Your stress fracture treatment plan from Local Foot Doc is tailored to you and the severity of your injury. It’s designed to relieve pain and discomfort, while also promoting healing. Treating a stress fracture can involve:

  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modifications or cross training
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Immobilization with a walking boot, brace, or cast

Usually, these types of conservative treatments help your stress fracture heal within about six to eight weeks. 

For more complex stress fractures that aren’t healing properly, your podiatrist at Local Foot Doc could recommend surgery. They can use minimally invasive measures to insert plates, screws, pins, or fasteners — internal fixation — to help support your broken bone as it heals.  

Book your stress-fracture evaluation at Local Foot Doc today. Click on the online scheduling feature or call any office to speak with a team member directly.