Stress Fracture

Stress Fracture in Holly Springs, NC

Dr. LaWanda Bailey-Rayner is your expert podiatrist at Foot Care Specialists in Holly Springs, NC, also serving Fuquay-Varina, NC. We help patients stay active and on their feet, and we can help heal your stress fracture.

What Is a Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures are small, hairline breaks that can occur almost anywhere in the bones of the foot, They are most commonly an overuse injury, but can also be caused by:

  • Deformities like flatfoot
  • Wearing improper footwear
  • Training on improper surfaces
  • Osteoporosis

A stress fracture causes pain, swelling, and redness, and can lead to a complete break if not treated properly. If your pain is worse with any weight-bearing activity and you suspect a stress fracture, call your podiatrist as soon as possible for the best outcome and shortest healing time.

How Does My Podiatrist Treat a Stress Fracture?

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are recommended as an initial treatment for stress fractures. Also, avoid weight-bearing activity on the affected foot until you have completely healed. Your Holly Springs podiatrist can tell you when you are cleared to return to your normal activities.

Your doctor may perform X-rays to diagnose a stress fracture. Depending on the severity of your case, we can fit you with a brace or walking cast to immobilize the foot. If your stress fracture has led to a complete fracture we will have a consult for surgery.

Can I Prevent Stress Fractures?

To prevent injuries as an athlete, stretch before activity, use proper form, and take rest periods between periods of activity. Wear comfortable and supportive footwear, and replace your shoes when necessary. Ask your podiatrist for footwear recommendations for your favorite activities. You can lose weight if you are overweight to reduce stress on your joints and feet.

Get Back On Your Feet Now

If you suspect you have a stress fracture, we can help you rehabilitate. To make an appointment with Dr. Bailey-Rayner, contact Foot Care Specialists in Holly Springs, NC, also serving Fuquay-Varina, NC at (919) 557-0300.