Stress fractures are tiny cracks that appear in your bones. These injuries are common in the bones of the lower body because they are responsible for distributing and bearing your body weight. Feet are particularly vulnerable to stress fractures in Manhattan and Brooklyn because they are responsible for absorbing your body weight during normal activities—such as walking, running or jumping.

The most common area affected by stress fractures in the lower body is the tibia—or shin bone. Also called “shin splints”, this pain is usually felt during physical activity. In reality, shin splints are not stressed fractures. Instead, they are the result of muscle pulling away from the bone. When they first appear, patients are advised to stop training altogether because muscle shin splints can actually cause stress fractures in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Symptoms & Causes of Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are usually the result of an overuse injury and are most commonly experienced in runners and other athletes. Patients in Manhattan and Brooklyn develop stress fractures due to repetitive forces that occur on weight-bearing bones and supporting muscles. This constant repetition eventually causes small cracks to form in the bone.

Because stress fractures are so small, they typically don’t cause any pain at first. However, over time—with enough repetitive motion—pain can develop in the affected area. While repetition and overuse are the most common causes of stress fractures in Manhattan, NY and Brooklyn, NY, there are other factors that contribute to their development. Some of these causes include:

  • Biomechanical problems
  • Inflexible or weak muscles
  • Training on the wrong surfaces
  • Wearing improper or ill-fitting footwear
  • Family history of osteoporosis

Diagnosis & Treatment of Stress Fractures in Brooklyn, NY, and Manhattan, NY

To diagnose a stress fracture, our podiatrists, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates will discuss your medical history and gather information about your symptoms. Then, he or she will perform a physical examination where they will check for areas of tenderness and pain. Once located, our Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn, New York podiatrists may recommend imaging tests—like x-rays or an ultrasound—to help confirm the diagnosis.

The treatment depends on the severity of your stress fracture. For mild stress fractures in Brooklyn or Manhattan, our foot doctors might recommend non-surgical treatment.
Some of the non-surgical treatment options in Manhattan and Brooklyn for stress fractures might include:

  • Activity modification
  • Protective footwear
  • Better-fitting footwear
  • Casting
  • Padding
  • Custom orthotics

When a stress fracture does not respond to the above methods, surgery may be recommended. Surgery usually involves inserting some type of fastener—like pins, screws, and/or plates—to support the bones in the foot or shin.

Contact Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates for more information on stress fractures in Manhattan and Brooklyn.