On Mar 19, 2014, Justin Bieber, a Canadian pop musician, dancer, actor, and singer-songwriter discovered by American talent manager Scooter Braun in 2008, claimed that he failed the straight-line walking test because of the hairline fracture on his foot according to the police report after Justin was caught for DUI.
According to podiatrists, hairline fractures are also considered as “stress fractures”. The injury is occurred from repetitive stress or straining on the affected bone. Eventually, ground reactive force becomes very strong and causes a depression or a minute crack on the bone. Sometimes, stress fracture will not show up on the X-Ray when the injury is considered “acute”. But typically, 2-6 weeks post injury, the X-Ray will show some bone healing indicating there has been a hairline fracture previously. Hairline fracture can be a result from a sudden fall or from sports.
What are the symptoms that patients should look out for if suspecting a hairline fracture? Pain and tenderness are noted over the affected area whether with rest or with activities. In order to help the hairline or stress fracture to heal correctly, patients are often advised to refrain from the activities that might aggravate the pain or tenderness for at least 1 month. NSAID such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, naproxen etc can be taken for pain management. If pain occurs with fully weight bearing, crutches and CAM walker are helpful as well. However, it is recommended that the patient should seek help from a medical professional after an injury to ensure he or she gets an appropriate treatment for the condition. If the hairline fracture is minor, a cast might be enough for an appropriate bone healing. However, sometimes a surgery will be required to heal the hairline fracture if it’s a severe case.
How can hairline fracture be diagnosed? As stated previously, if the injury is acute, hairline fractures might not show up on X-Ray until the bone starts healing. However, bone scan, MRI, and a good history and physical findings can help a doctor to diagnose the hairline fracture.
Think you might have suffered from a hairline fracture? We can help. If you are located in Monmouth/Ocean county area make an appointment today at Affiliated and Foot and Ankle Center to have one of our foot and ankle specialists help care for your injury appropriately and prevent further complications that might be resulted in the future.