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Breaks vs. Stress Fractures: It Does Not Pay to Delay

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Stress fractures happen in instances where the bones develop a small crack over time. The causes? Weak bones from arthritis or repetitious movement, and overuse from high-impact sports like soccer, tennis, and running.

Breaks, or broken bones, occur when the bone snaps from a sudden impact. This can happen from a fall in football, a vehicle crash, or conditions like osteoporosis. A break could allow your bones to stay aligned, send them through the skin, create horizontal or diagonal breaks, or shatter on impact, depending on how forceful the trauma is.

If you break your foot or ankle, you will experience immediate pain and swelling around the area. You may have bruising and, in severe cases, your foot will look grossly deformed. This differs from stress fractures, where you feel pain as you start activity but it gets better as you cool down. However, if you continue your normal activities with a stress fracture, it could turn into a broken bone.

Get help while time is still on your side. If you think you may have a stress fracture, call the McDowell Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434 to make an appointment. Same-day service for foot and ankle trauma, like broken ankles, is also one of our specialties that we offer. Find our office in Carmichael, CA, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn to learn more about breaks vs. stress fractures.

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