Aaron DobsonNew England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson had to miss the team’s last practice to because of a stress fracture in his left foot. Dobson hurt himself during the Patriots’ game against the Bills in week 17.

Luckily New England had a bye during the first round of the playoffs, giving the wide receiver time to rest, but the team is still uncertain if he’ll be recovered enough in time to play the next game. The Patriots have experienced an unusually high amount of injuries in their offense this season, although they have several backups ready to take over for Dobson.

Stress fractures are extremely painful and usually require the care of a medical professional. For help dealing with fractures and other injuries, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can determine the severity of your problem and recommend a variety of viable treatment options.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones

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