Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone due to excessive stress on the affected area. This type of injury also refers to when one experiences serious bruising within the bone. At South Carolina Sports Medicine in Charleston, SC, our Orthopaedic surgeons are specially trained in diagnosing and treating stress fractures.

Whether you’re experiencing a stress fracture in shoulder or stress fractures of the foot and ankle, we’re here to help. Start by reading our answers to frequently asked questions.

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

Symptoms of a stress fracture include:

  • Swelling, pain, or weakness in the affected area, often in the shoulder, foot, or ankle
  • Tenderness when the affected area is touched
  • Limping

What are the common causes of a stress fracture?

Stress fractures occur when a repetitive activity causes force or stress on the bone. Physical activities like frequent running or jumping are examples of this type of overuse of the legs. Also, if someone suffers from osteoporosis, stress fractures can occur more frequently and with less strenuous exercise.

What areas of the body do stress fractures usually occur?

Stress fractures most often occur in the shoulder, foot or ankle.

How do you treat a stress fracture?

If you think you may have a stress fracture, it’s essential to consult a specialist who can determine the best course of action. Minor stress fractures can be treated with nonsurgical options like using a walking boot, brace or crutches until the break heals.

Is surgery needed?

As stress fractures are small cracks in the bone, surgery is not often needed. However, this needs to be determined on a case by case basis because sometimes surgery may be needed in order to ensure the bone properly heals.

If you think you’re suffering from a stress fracture, schedule a consultation at SC Sports Medicine, and our Orthopaedic specialists will help find the best treatment for you. Fill out our contact form below.

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Request an appointment with the professionals at South Carolina Sports Medicine if you’re experiencing pain or are dealing with an injury. Call our facility at (843) 572-2663 for more information about our services.
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