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Understanding Foot Stress Fractures

A foot stress fracture, a microscopic crack in a bone, can bring discomfort and disruption to one's daily activities. Typically caused by repetitive stress and overuse, these fractures often occur in weight-bearing bones, such as the metatarsals. These bones often endure more force than they can handle, leading to tiny cracks that, when compounded over time, manifest as stress fractures. Athletes engaging in high-impact activities, dancers, and military personnel are particularly susceptible due to the repetitive nature of their routines. Factors like sudden increases in activity intensity, improper footwear, or inadequate recovery periods can elevate the risk. Early recognition of symptoms such as localized pain, swelling, and tenderness is essential for timely intervention. Adopting preventive measures, such as a gradual increase in activity levels, and incorporating rest into routines can significantly decrease the risk of foot stress fractures. If you have developed a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer the treatment method that is right for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. 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.

Risk Factors

  • 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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