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Preventing Stress Fractures

Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone that can cause swelling and pain that increases over time. Stress fractures in the feet and ankles are notoriously common among runners and athletes who participate in sports that require frequent running, such as soccer. A stress fracture can take weeks or even months to heal, often requiring a walking boot, brace, or crutches to keep weight off of the affected foot. This can sideline an athlete from both their sport and activities of daily living. Fortunately, there are things that you can do that might prevent these injuries. When running, increase the amount of miles that you run slowly, as running too much too soon puts enormous strain on your muscles and bones. You may want to take days off from your sport or exercise routine to rest your feet. It is also recommended that you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and avoid processed sugars, which can increase inflammation in the body. If you suspect you may have a stress fracture or want to learn more about what you can do to prevent this injury, consult with a podiatrist today.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatric Associates, 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 one of our offices located in Pasadena, Baytown, League City, Houston, and Pearland,TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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