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Stress FractureThe New England Patriots wide receiver missed a team practice game due to a stress fracture he incurred in his left foot. Dobson who is a rookie is dealing with a foot injury which he sustained in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills.

Dobson was able to take a week off to recover, since the Patriots held the No.2 place in the AFC, and first-round bye in the playoffs. However, it is still uncertain if Dobson will be able to return to practice or if he will be ready to go for the next match-up. During the season, Dobson has caught 37 of 74 passes thrown his way, for 519 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots offense has seen a dent in their numbers due to the amount of significant injuries on the offensive side of the team.

Any athlete knows that stress fractures can keep you from the activities you enjoy. Luckily, if you have this condition podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle can help. Dr. Crismali can assess the level of injury you have sustained and work with you to find an appropriate way to care for it.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The 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:

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


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.


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
- Set a regimen for running or other activity

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