Stress fractures may be a common injury among people who enjoy the sport of running and jogging. This can happen from the frequent impact the body endures as the feet consistently hit the ground. This condition typically occurs gradually, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms that are associated with this type of injury can include pain and swelling in the affected foot, and it may be difficult to walk. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally consists of having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. This can include elevating the foot which may reduce a portion of the swelling, and wrapping the foot in an elastic bandage that can be helpful in providing adequate support. If you feel you have developed a stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment options.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.
How Are They Caused?
Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon. Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.
- Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
- Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
- Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
- Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
- Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures
Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.
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