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Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

What Causes a Stress Fracture to Occur?

Stress fractures occur over time, with a moderate amount of pressure being applied to a bone which eventually can cause it to break without dislocating it—as is often the case with a sudden traumatic bone fracture. Because the feet and ankles bear the weight of our bodies every day, stress fractures in these areas are not unusual. The repetitive movements of everyday activities such as running, standing and walking apply steady force which can weaken the bone. This causes a stress reaction which may lead to the bone eventually breaking. Stress fractures typically occur in either athletes who can wear out their feet and ankles through overuse, and people with insufficient density in their bones due to conditions such as osteoporosis. However, having a bunion which can shift weight distribution, wearing high heels, starting a new high impact activity, or increasing the intensity and frequency of workouts suddenly can also increase the likelihood of a stress fracture. If you are experiencing any weakness or fatigue in your ankles, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help you maintain optimal foot and ankle health.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM from Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00

How Can an Achilles Tendon Injury Occur?

The Achilles tendon is an integral part of having mobility in everyday activities. It is located in the back of the leg, and connects the calf muscles to the heel. It is considered to be the strongest tendon in the body, but can still become injured and cause pain. Injuries can happen as a result of playing sports, suddenly stepping off of a curb, or wearing high heels over an extended period of time. Many patients can endure a partial tear, which may occur from an Achilles tendon that has gradually become weak. A complete tear will most likely make walking impossible and immediate treatment is recommended. If you have experienced any type of injury to your Achilles tendon, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM of Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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