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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Many People Ignore the Signs of a Stress Fracture

There are several bones in each foot, and a stress fracture occurs when there is a hairline break in one of the small bones. It often happens as a result of repetitive stress the feet endure from running or from frequently participating in jumping activities. The fractures are typically very small, despite how painful they can be. Many people choose to ignore the nagging pain in their foot, and it often becomes worse if it is not promptly treated. It may be a common injury among runners who increase their speed and frequency of running too soon, and this could gradually cause a stress fracture. This can be a result of a lack of strength and endurance from the muscles that cannot cope with added support that is needed when that activity increases. Additional reasons why stress fractures may occur include having an abnormal foot structure, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or having previous stress fractures. If you think you have endured this type of fracture, please speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky 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 Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

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