A stress fracture is a broken bone. There are several types of fractured bones, and stress or hairline fractures generally happen gradually. The feet are a common place for stress fractures which typically result from overuse. People who enjoy running may experience stress fractures, but they may be prevented when proper warming up and cooling down are practiced. Research has shown that people who frequently wear high heels or other shoes that do not fit correctly may develop stress fractures from the consistent pressure the feet endure. Additionally, this type of fracture may happen from increasing running speed and distance too soon, as the feet need time to adapt. Patients who perform weight training on opposite days may notice their bodies becoming stronger, and running can become easier. If you develop a stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide the best treatment for you.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Florida. 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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