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Facts About Stress Fractures in the Feet

One of the most common causes of pain among athletes and runners are stress fractures. These hairline cracks in the bones of the feet can happen from repetitive force that occurs each time the foot strikes the ground. Stress fractures have also been linked to poor eating habits, consuming too much alcohol, and smoking. In most cases, stress fractures can begin to develop with a sudden increase in activity.  For example, a runner may increase mileage in too short a period of time. If the feet are not given enough time to recover, the bones can become vulnerable by working too hard to absorb repetitive shock. Reduced levels of vitamin D and calcium also may weaken bones, causing them to be at risk of stress fractures. Ill-fitting shoes, running on hard surfaces, and poor technique are other causes of stress fractures. A major symptom of stress fractures is pain that continues after the activity ends and the foot is at rest. Tenderness and swelling are other common symptoms. For help with foot pain caused by stress fractures, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist. 

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM from Podiatry Health Services . 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.

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 Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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