Stress fractures can present with many different types of pain. Most commonly the pain occurs when you are walking. After a long day on your feet, you may feel a burning when you sit down as well. They usually come from what seems out of nowhere and do not always occur from an injury you remember.

What is a stress fracture?

A stress fracture is similar to a bone bruise. It is a small, hairline fracture of your bone that causes the bone to become swollen and painful. Although it is not a huge bone break that is moved out of place, it still take 6-8 weeks for that bone to heal. During that time you will need to be in a surgical shoe or CAM walker. These are footwear with a hard bottom that limits the motion in your bones, giving them time to heal.

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What causes a stress fracture?

Most commonly, a stress fracture is caused by a constant, pressure to the foot. Stress fractures are very common in distance runners, who are putting extreme impact on their feet for long periods of time. They can happen in anyone, though. If you have had any increase in activity level that your body is not used to, you can develop a stress fracture. They can also happen when you have weakened bone. This is called, osteoporosis. Weakened bone can be part of a normal aging process. It can also happen in a younger population when people are not getting enough nutrients. Frequently when a patient has a stress fracture we will check for Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is necessary for building strong bones. You can increase your Vitamin D levels just by being in the sunlight! Vitamin D can also be found in fatty fish, milk, through supplements and many other food sources.

Stress fractures can be diagnosed on x-ray. These fractures can take 10-14 days for the bone changes to appear on x-ray. Just because we can’t see the fracture on an x-ray does not mean you don’t have one. In some cases the diagnosis needs to be confirmed with advanced imaging such as an MRI or bone scan.

If you are having foot pain, call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today at (845) 298-9074. We are serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls.

David Schlam D.P.M.

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
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