If you have been experiencing pain, swelling and tenderness in your feet while you are on them, you may have suffered a stress fracture in your foot. A stress fracture is a small crack or severe bruising within a bone. The bones of the ankle and foot are especially vulnerable to stress fractures because they absorb all the force from walking, running or jumping.
Stress fractures form when there is too much repetitive stress on the bones of the feet. This can be due to overuse, as well as bad posture and improper footwear. After your doctor has addressed your foot stress fracture, they may recommend custom orthotics for your foot pain.
What are the symptoms of a stress fracture in the foot?
- Pain during use — A stress fracture will cause pain while you are walking, running or otherwise putting pressure on your foot. This pain will usually go away after you sit down and rest your feet.
- Swelling — A foot suffering from a stress fracture will likely experience swelling in the affected area. This swelling will usually appear at the top of the foot. Swelling is caused by inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to an injury.
- Bruising and tenderness — The area of the fracture will likely be very tender, and you may experience pain by simply touching it, even if you are resting your feet. Bruising on the top of the foot is also common.
How should I treat a stress fracture in my foot?
If you are experiencing any of the stress fracture symptoms listed above, it is important to seek medical attention. A stress fracture can worsen into a more severe fracture if left untreated. Your doctor may perform scans to determine the severity of your stress fracture. As your fracture heals, you may still experience pain in your foot. Thankfully, your discomfort can be addressed with the help of Biocorrect custom orthotics.
Custom orthotics are a type of shoe insert created by certified pedorthists using molds and measurements obtained from a one-on-one evaluation. These products are designed to fit every curve of your foot precisely, and can help you greatly reduce the pain from your stress fracture.