NFL quarterback Tom Brady recently suffered a stress fracture of his foot in a playoff game.
Stress fractures are small, hairline breaks that can occur in the bones of the foot. Typically stress fractures can be caused by overtraining, improper training habits, improper shoe gear, flatfoot or other foot deformities, and even osteoporosis. Tom Brady's injury was more likely due to trauma from blunt force on his foot.
Pain, swelling, and possibly bruising can be signs of a stress fracture. The metatarsal bones are one of the most common locations of stress fractures of the foot. X-rays are used to diagnose stress fractures. Stress fractures may not be visible for 10 to 14 days on x-ray examination. Possible treatments include rest and possible immobilization of the foot ( with a cam walker walking boot/or below knee cast). In Tom Brady's case he may have a fracture that is not in a proper alignment or a fracture that is in a location that won't allow it to heal properly. His surgery will more likely involve screws and possibly a plate to stabilize the fracture. Fractures can take between 6-8 weeks to heal.