Top Non-Surgical for Stress Fractures
While a stress fracture can sound scary, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a person needs surgery. There are several effective outpatient treatments that can help alleviate pain and help the area heal. Use this guide to learn a little more about your options so you can make an informed decision about your care.
Some stress fractures require ongoing care. After the initial treatment, patients will use thin foot stabilizers to help reduce pressure to the joints. Stabilizers, sometimes called ankle or foot braces, are a versatile device that don’t just prevent stress fractures, but are a great choice for treating other conditions like sprains, tendonitis, and joint instability. Foot stabilizers boast an inexpensive, stretchy design that makes them perfect for everyday use.
Walking boots provide additional support for stress fracture patients. These devices are made from a strong metal that holds the foot in place as you walk. The brace cradles the foot with a foam liner. While this option is much thicker than a simple brace or foot stabilizer, most walking boots are very lightweight. This makes them a practical choice.
Custom foot orthotics are a subtle way to support your feet after a stress fracture. These devices are designed to prevent additional fractures. Each simple design slides into your favorite shoes, so other people can’t tell you are wearing them. Unlike typical shoe inserts, custom orthotics are specifically designed for your feet using a special mold. This allows for ultimate support in areas most likely to cause pain.
While many people think of ankle and foot pain when they think of stress fractures, every bone is susceptible to stress. Small fractures in the back are very common, especially when people are on their feet all day long. A stress fracture in the spine can benefit from traditional massage therapy. This technique helps increase circulation and reduce inflammation, making the affected area feel relaxed.
A lot of chiropractors choose to work with massage therapists to provide their patients with comprehensive care. While massage can provide relief for the muscles and make the area feel better, chiropractic treatments can work to correct the problem. A chiropractor will be able to assess the condition of the bones and identify potential causes of the fracture. From there, they can help develop a customized treatment plan that includes a combination of physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care, and braces.
Keep in mind that most medical professionals will recommend more than one kind of treatment. Don’t be surprised if your chiropractor suggests products to help prevent further damage and a combination of treatments.
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