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Over the past few days and weeks, the sports media world has been buzzing about one foot injury: the stress fracture to the right foot of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. According to news reports Brady, whose team was recently eliminated from the playoffs in the divisional round, has been playing with the injury for some time. He underwent surgery to repair the stress fracture and to prevent further injury.
Stress fractures are tiny, hairline fractures that often occur due to improper shoe gear or overtraining. These fractures can appear almost anywhere in the body, especially in the foot. As we run our feet are subjected to forces several times our own bodyweight. In a properly functioning foot in proper shoe gear, these forces are usually absorbed and transferred effectively and no injury occurs. However, if a foot is not functioning well, or if the foot is faced with too much force, a stress fracture can occur. Stress fractures are becoming increasingly common in adolescents as more children are becoming involved in sporting activities.
Stress fractures are painful and can cause swelling, redness, and even bruising. However, because stress fractures are so often very tiny, they are not always immediately visible on x-rays. If you believe that you have suffered a stress fracture or any other injury of the foot, see a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a doctor who is specially trained to recognize, diagnose, and treat conditions of the foot and ankle. We want to help get you back on your feet and back in the game!