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What Causes a Stress Fracture?

Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Research has shown that when bones in the foot endure repeated impact, the result may be a stress fracture. The muscles and tendons may become overworked, and a small crack may appear in the bones. The name of the bones that a stress fracture may most likely occur in is the second and third metatarsals of the foot, and this may be due to the fact that they are longer and thinner than the first metatarsal, which may enable a break to happen easier. This type of fracture will typically appear in the bones of the foot because they bear the weight of the body. Many people who participate in specific sports including volleyball, soccer, or tennis may experience stress fractures, which may be a result of not stretching the muscles properly before engaging in these sports. The symptoms that are associated with this type of injury may include pain and discomfort while walking or running, tenderness when touched, in addition to bruising and swelling. If you feel you may possibly have a stress fracture in your foot, it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so correct treatment can begin.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact the podiatrists from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. 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 office located in Hamilton Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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