Overuse and repetitive force is a common reason why stress fractures of the foot can occur. They can happen from participating in specific sporting activities, including basketball, football, and soccer. Additionally, ballet dancers may incur this type of injury, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. This type of fracture can happen gradually, and symptoms can include pain in the front of the foot as well as tenderness and swelling. Many patients can experience bruising, and it is often difficult to walk. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally involves having an X-ray taken, correct treatment can begin. It is often advised to stop the activity that caused the stress fracture, and it is beneficial to wear a boot, brace, or cast to accelerate the healing process. If you have endured a stress fracture of the foot, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who determines what best best course of treatment is for you.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare Center. Our doctor 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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