Fore-foot (Ball of Foot) Treatment Cairns Foot Stress Fractures Treatment Cairns

Foot stress fractures treatment in Cairns is available at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics. Stress fractures are a common injury that affect the foot and lower limb, with some areas being more susceptible than others. A stress fracture occurs secondary to repetitive micro-trauma to bone; the ongoing stress, leads to a breakdown of the outer layer of bone and eventually results in a micro-fracture. More information on this below. If you’re in pain, we can help. We provide Cairns foot stress fractures treatment at our clinics at Earlville, Redlynch and Mareeba. Call us today to book an appointment.

What Are The Common Symptoms Of Stress Fractures?

Most commonly, we see Cairns foot stress fractures in runners or sports that involve high impact, particularly after a sudden increase in intensity or duration. Some common symptoms of foot stress fractures are as follows.

  • A localised area of tenderness along a bone
  • Localised swelling
  • Pain progresses the longer you are on your feet
  • A burning ache at night time, while in bed
  • Symptoms that progress in colder weather or conditions e.g. cold shower
  • Bruising
  • Swelling

What Are The Common Areas Foot Stress Fractures Occur?

Common areas we see foot stress fractures occur are through the front of the foot or metatarsal region. This is due to the significant pressure that goes through the fore-foot, when running. It is most common through the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals, specifically for this reason. The 2nd and 3rd metatarsals are quite long and thin bones and therefore don’t handle the stress as well as other areas.

Another common area for Cairns foot stress fractures to occur is the mid-foot. These are considered a more severe type of stress fracture, due to their delayed healing process. An example of this would be a stress fracture of the navicular, otherwise known as the arch bone. Being at the apex of the arch of the foot, the navicular takes a significant amount of pressure while running. Whilst not being as common as fore-foot stress fractures, stress fractures of the navicular can be a long-term injury, with some cases being severe enough to stop the individual from running for up to a year.

Cairns Foot Stress Fractures – Treatment & How They Happen

Cairns foot stress fractures can be caused by many risk factors and is most commonly seen in active runners (women > men). The most common risk factors we see include:

  • Sudden increase in training load.
  • Sudden change in training load – e.g. a weight lifter deciding to take up running.
  • Low bone density or Osteoporosis.
  • Poor quality footwear that isn’t providing enough support/cushioning for the foot.
  • Poor biomechanics of the foot/ankle – e.g. rigid, high arched feet that can’t absorb shock as well a foot that rolls in slightly.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Over activity.
  • Poor running technique.

How Is A Foot Stress Fracture Diagnosed?

Foot stress fractures are initially diagnosed with a clinical examination and confirmed via diagnostic imaging. Cairns foot stress fractures often present themselves in X-rays, however, it is important to note that they don’t show up until approximately two weeks after they have developed. MRI, CT or bone scans are often used secondary imaging modalities for stress fractures, particularly those that occur in high risk areas of the foot e.g. navicular bone.

What Are The Options For Foot Stress Fractures Treatment, in Cairns?

At FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics, our Cairns foot stress fractures treatment is largely based around addressing your individual risk factors, activity modification and rest. Given this, your initial consultation will involve a thorough foot and lower limb biomechanical assessment, to determine what the contributing factors are, for your case. As with most foot problems, early foot stress fractures treatment Cairns, is the best form of treatment. This will help reduce your chances of it turning into a full thickness fracture. Common foot stress fractures treatment Cairns options include:

  • Moon boot +/- crutches to help reduce pressure on the foot. The duration spent in the boot is largely based on the severity/location of the stress fracture and can range from anywhere between 4 – 12 weeks.
  • In-shoe padding to help off-load the affected bone.
  • Cairns custom foot orthotics to help support the foot and improve biomechanical function.
  • For non-responsive cases, low intensity pulsed ultrasound can be used to help speed up the process.
  • Once the stress fracture has healed, a slow and graded progression back into physical activity is recommended in order to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
  • While it is very rare for surgery to be required for foot stress fractures, this is an option for cases that don’t respond to conservative treatment.

How Long Does A Foot Stress Fracture Take To Get Better?

As with most foot and lower limb injuries, recovery time for foot stress fractures largely depends on the severity and location of the fracture. As a rule, stress fractures of the ball of the foot generally settle within 4-6 weeks, and the patient can begin their slow reintroduction back into physical activity. Higher risk foot stress fractures, such as the navicular or base of the metatarsals, can take significantly longer and vary from 3 – 12 months. A more accurate prognosis will be able to be determined once the above factors are known.

If you think you could be suffering from a stress fracture in the foot, contact FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics today. Our dedicated team of Podiatrists will form a plan for effective foot stress fractures treatment Cairns, to get you on the road to recovery and back doing what you love asap.