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  • E-Young Khoo

How Physiotherapy Can Get You Back On Your Feet After A Foot Stress Fracture

Foot stress fractures are a common injury that can cause significant pain and discomfort. Stress fractures occur when tiny cracks develop in the bones of the foot, usually as a result of repeated impact or overuse. This injury is often seen in athletes who participate in sports that involve running or jumping, such as basketball, soccer, or track and field.

Symptoms of a foot stress fracture can include pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. In some cases, the pain may only occur during physical activity and may subside with rest, but in more severe cases, the pain may persist even at rest.

Fortunately, physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option for foot stress fractures. Our physiotherapists can work with the patient to develop a personalised treatment plan that is designed to reduce pain, improve flexibility and strength, and promote healing.

The first step in treating a foot stress fracture with physiotherapy is to rest and allow the bone to heal. During this time, our physiotherapists may recommend low-impact exercises, such as swimming or cycling, to maintain cardiovascular fitness and prevent muscle atrophy.

Once the bone has healed, our physiotherapists can work with the patient to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation program that includes a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and education.

Manual therapy, such as massage or joint mobilisation, can be effective in relieving muscle tension and promoting healing in the affected area. Exercise is an important part of the rehabilitation program, as it can help to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the foot and ankle.

Education is also an important component of physiotherapy for foot stress fractures. Our physiotherapists can teach patients how to avoid activities that may aggravate their condition, as well as how to maintain good posture and body mechanics to prevent further injury.

In addition to physiotherapy, other treatments for foot stress fractures may include the use of immobilisation devices, such as casts or braces, to stabilise the affected area and promote healing. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also be prescribed to manage pain and reduce inflammation.

Foot stress fractures can be a painful and debilitating injury, but physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option. A comprehensive rehabilitation program that includes manual therapy, exercise, and education can help patients recover from foot stress fractures and prevent further injury. If you are experiencing symptoms of a foot stress fracture, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment options. Book in a session today and start your journey to recovery.

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