Stress Fracture Specialist

Sequoia Foot Care Group

Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Visalia, CA

Stress fractures are one of the most common types of overuse injuries, especially among athletes. With his expertise in effective stress fracture management, board-certified podiatrist Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS, of Sequoia Foot Care Group can treat your stress fracture in Visalia, California. Book your stress fracture evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.

Stress Fracture

What causes stress fractures?

As the name implies, stress fractures occur when you have added stress on your bones, especially in your lower extremities. In most cases, stress fractures occur because of overuse.

If you’re a runner, for instance, frequent training on hard surfaces can cause a tiny break in one of the bones in your feet or ankles. Each time you hit the pavement, that minuscule crack gets a little worse until it starts causing so much pain and inflammation, running becomes increasingly unbearable.

Your risk of suffering from a stress fracture also increases due to:

  • Suddenly increasing your workout intensity (common with weekend warriors)
  • Wearing ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes while training, exercising, or walking
  • Brittle bones, possibly due to osteoporosis

It’s also possible to develop a stress fracture because of improper exercise techniques if you have a foot deformity. For example, if you have a bunion, blister, or hammertoe, you may alter the way you step, which can put added stress on bones that aren’t used to the weight and pressure.

How do I know if I have a stress fracture?

The most common sign of a stress fracture in your foot or ankle is pain. Stress fracture pain tends to develop gradually and peaks while you’re working out. Having a stress fracture can also lead to:

  • Pain that improves with rest
  • Foot or ankle swelling
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Bruising or redness

If left untreated, a minor stress fracture can eventually lead to a serious bone break. Before your stress fracture gets any worse, schedule an evaluation at Sequoia Foot Care Group.

Do I need treatment for a stress fracture?

Yes! And at Sequoia Foot Care Group, you can meet with Dr. Motos, a board-certified podiatrist who provides innovative stress fracture treatments, so you can heal as quickly as possible. Your stress fracture treatment plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Protective footwear
  • Activity modifications
  • Compression wrapping
  • Bracing, casting or splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

It can take anywhere from six to eight weeks for a stress fracture to completely heal, depending on the severity of your condition. Dr. Motos has you check in regularly and uses in-office digital X-ray imaging to monitor your stress fracture to ensure it’s healing properly.

If you have a stress fracture, get started on treatment right away at Sequoia Foot Care Group. You can book your stress fracture exam either online or over the phone.