Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Repetitive stress causes small breaks in the bone and these are called stress fractures. The bones of the foot or ankle absorb the full impact of each step you take, and this constant abuse can lead to stress fractures.


  • Overuse
  • Abnormal foot structure
  • Bone deformities
  • Wearing of incorrect footwear while exercising
  • Osteoporosis

Stress fractures are hard to detect and if left untreated can lead to severe foot injuries. Consult a podiatrist to learn more about stress fractures and its causes. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from fractures of the foot and ankle.

Groups at high risk

This injury is common among people whose daily activities include high levels of impact on their feet and ankles such as those who:

  • Play tennis or basketball
  • Run
  • Practice gymnastics
  • People who had a sedentary lifestyle and suddenly gets active through a high impact and intense workout. They are affected since they do not yet have a strong muscle to handle the intensity and degree of their activity.
  • Someone with osteoporosis are at high risk because their bones are weakened by the disease, thus, prone to fractures.

Characteristics of pain in stress fracture

  • The pain felt usually occurs at the general area of the fracture.
  • It manifests as a “pinpoint pain” or pain felt upon touching the site of the injury and is accompanied by swelling.
  • Pain occurs during or after the activity, disappears when resting, and may return when moving or standing.
  • Any activity, high-impact or not, will just aggravate the pain.

If you increase your level of activity before a stress fracture is healed properly, it may lead to a full fracture.

Treatment (Check with your podiatrist for treatment)

It varies depending on the individual and the level of injury.

  • Resting the hurt foot is the primary way to treat a stress fracture
  • Use of crutches
  • Immobilization
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery may be required to have support pins installed around the stress fracture and assist in healing.

Some ways to that may help to prevent foot and ankle fractures

  • If you have a new exercise regimen or other kind of high level impact activity, set incremental goals weekly so that you can still build-up your muscle strength. Also wear supportive shoes to protect your feet better.
  • Stop exercising and rest if you start to experience any symptoms of the stress fracture. Should the symptoms persist, it is best if you consult a podiatrist and get yourself checked and examined.
  • Knowing and remembering these tips will help you prevent stress fractures to your foot and ankle, and will allow you to live normally and continue running without any injury at all.  

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with foot and ankle fractures. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.


David Savard Falls to Sesamoiditis - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

David Savard, is a defense specialist for the Columbus Blue jackets’ ice hockey team. The player later underwent surgery because of a piece of bone found floating in his foot. Reports later confirmed that he suffered from Sesamoiditis, an injury that affects the plantar foot.

Sesamoids are bones connected to the tendons or embedded in muscles. Sesamoids assist in activities such as weight bearing. Like any bones, sesamoids can break, irritated or inflamed. This type of injury is common among ballet dancers, runners, and professional athletes. Consult a podiatrist for any signs of foot pain. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering with foot pain and other types of foot conditions.

What are the causes of sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis is usually caused by repetitive and excessive pressure on the foot. The surrounding tissue become irritated and inflamed. Any activity that places constant force on the ball of the foot can cause sesamoiditis. Stress fractures may also result in sesamoiditis. Persons with bony feet in particular are prone to this type of injury.

Symptoms of sesamoiditis

The symptoms of sesamoiditis manifest gradually and increases in intensity over time.

  • Tenderness upon pressure
  • Pain during barefoot walking especially on the ball of the foot
  • Pain disappears when resting
  • Bruising and swelling of the big toe area
  • Limited movement of the big toe
  • Pain upon any activity like running or jumping
  • Difficulty and pain when bending and straightening the big toe

Can sesamoiditis be treated?

Sesamoiditis can be treated with home remedies. The following are recommended conservative treatments for sesamoiditis but always check with your podiatrist first.

  • The person should stop the activity that is causing the pain
  • Take over the counter drug to relieve the pain
  • Rest and apply ice on the sole of the feet every 2 to 3 hours for about 15 minutes
  • Wear low-heeled soft-sole shoes and avoid wearing stiff-soled shoes
  • To relieve stress, use a felt cushioning pad
  • Return to the activity slowly but keep on wearing a cushioning pad to provide support
  • Tape the big toe in a slightly downward position
  • To reduce inflammation and swelling, your doctor may recommend an injection of steroid
  • If symptoms continue, wear a removable fracture brace for 4 to 6 weeks
  • Recovery time for sesamoiditis usually take a few weeks for complete healing to occur.

How to prevent sesamoiditis

  • Avoid walking in barefoot
  • Use a cushioned and supportive footwear
  • Stretching is also beneficial in preventing sesamoiditis
  • Avoid repeated jarring to the feet
  • Always follow safety rules in any sport and wear protective equipment 

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot problems. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114