Stress fractures are small cracks or weak spots in bones that can result from overuse. Common sites for this type of injury include the bones of the lower leg and foot. Experienced by athletes of all levels, stress fractures can develop in the foot following training for basketball, running, and other sports, while non-athletes can develop these cracks and weak spots as well. In runners, the bones in the midfoot (metatarsals) are particularly vulnerable. Since 1949, the orthopaedic specialists at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group have been providing effective fracture treatments to patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and other nearby FL communities.
Because the symptoms of stress fractures can mimic those of many other medical conditions, it’s important to consult with a physician for a proper diagnosis. While the experience of each individual will differ, the most common symptoms of a stress fracture include:
- Pain that flares during exercise and diminishes afterward
- Pain toward the front of the foot following an intense workout
- Pain that does not respond to rest, ice, and elevation
At Tampa Orthopaedic, you will receive effective, personalized treatment from a sports medicine clinic with a broad range of capabilities in treating stress fractures and other musculoskeletal conditions. Our Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Murphy, or our Board-certified sports medicine doctor, Dr. Arnold Ramirez, can evaluate your symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment regimen. While most stress fractures heal with rest over time, some fractures displace (the bone edges move apart such that they are no longer in alignment) or resist healing. In such cases, surgery might be the best means to achieve pain relief and restored mobility.
To learn more about stress fractures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murphy or Dr. Ramirez, please contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group today. We accept most insurance, including Cigna, Humana, Medicare, United Healthcare, Aetna, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield.