Your Risk of a Stress Fracture Increases in the Winter

February 01, 2017 Posted by Dr.Chang

In the cold winter months, it is important to be aware of your injury risks. Cold weather-related injuries are possible and it is important to take precautions, and know appropriate treatments for such injuries.

Believe it or not, many hospitals report a 500 percent increase in visits to the emergency room in the winter. Many of these visits are related to slips and falls. Stress fractures are a common injury in the winter and can make everyday activities uncomfortable, and even painful. If you do not treat a stress fracture it can lead to a complete break in the bone.

Many people ignore stress fractures because they often are unable to connect recent activity/accident and foot pain. Stress fractures can occur during relatively benign activities according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Athletes often have stress fractures due to repetitive activity, but slippery winter conditions can also lead to this type of injury. In addition, seasonal sports can also lead to foot-related injuries.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stress fracture is extremely important, so you can seek appropriate medical treatment and care. Symptoms of a stress fracture can include pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. The symptoms can subside when you stop activity. Often when you rest, the injury will feel better, but the pain typically returns once activity is resumed. If you are still having persistent pain, and other symptoms after resting, icing, and using an anti-inflammatory medication, it is important to see a specialist.

Once diagnosed, it is important to rest. You may even need to wear a surgical shoe or boot. A small percentage of patients may require surgery.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a stress fracture, please call Blue Ridge Foot & Ankle Clinic to set up an appointment!

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