Stress Fractures

Friday, September 02, 2016

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone cause by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about stress fractures in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. These types of fractures are caused by the repetitive application of force, often by overuse such as repeatedly jumping up and down or running long distances. Stress fractures can also arise from normal use of a bone thats been weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis.

Stress fractures are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. At first, the pain associated with a stress fracture may be barely noticeable, but it tends to worsen with time. The tenderness usually originates from a specific spot and decreases during rest.

Contact your doctor if your pain becomes severe or persists even at rest.

To reduce the bones weight-bearing load until healing occurs, you may need to wear a walking boot or brace or use crutches. Although its unusual, surgery is sometimes necessary to ensure complete healing of some types of stress fractures, especially those that occur in areas with a poor blood supply.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.