Foot Stress Fracture Specialist in New Jersey

Since 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons make up the foot and ankle area of the body, it can be a hot spot for different injuries, including a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a bone that has a small crack or severe bruise. Stress fractures are usually caused by overuse and repetitive activity, but they can also be caused by a poor diet and improper exercising techniques. Stress fractures are most common in runners and athletes involved in running sports, such as soccer or track. People who have osteoporosis are also more susceptible to stress fractures, and can be easily injured during daily activities. Stress fractures are usually seen in the second and third metatarsals, the heel and the fibula.

Symptoms of Stress Fractures

Pain is the most common symptom associated with stress fractures in the foot and ankle. The pain usually develops slowly and grows with intensity during weight-bearing activities. Other symptoms may include swelling on top of the foot or on the outside of the ankle, tenderness and bruising.

Diagnosis Of Stress Fractures

You might only need an x-ray of the foot to diagnose a stress fracture. However, if a stress fracture is not seen on an x-ray, sometimes a physician will recommend a bone scan or an MRI for a diagnosis. MRIs and bone scans are less specific than x-rays, but they are more sensitive to the actual location of the fracture.

Nonsurgical Treatment For Stress Fractures

Treating stress fractures non-surgically involves finding different ways to keep pressure off of the foot. Your doctor may recommend taking anti-inflammatory medicine, avoiding activities that are weight-bearing, elevating your foot and applying ice to keep your swelling down. Your doctor may also recommend that you use crutches to keep weight off your foot until your pain has significantly decreased.

Surgical Treatment For Stress Fractures

In rare cases, surgery may be needed to help a stress fracture heal properly. This usually involves inserting a fastener to help support the bones. Pins, screws or plates are all different types of fasteners that can be inserted and used to hold your bones together so your foot can heal.

Preventing Stress Fractures

Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, getting rid of worn-out gym shoes, cross training and strength training are all great ways to prevent stress fractures from occurring in the future. These activities will help you build up your bone strength and prevent early muscle fatigue. However, whenever you start a new activity, always start slowly and stop your activity if your pain and swelling returns.

Do you think you have a stress fracture in your foot? At NJOI, our experienced physicians can help you treat your injury! Schedule an appointment at one of our 6 convenient New Jersey locations today!

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

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45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

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111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

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720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421