Many people who are athletic suffer from stress fractures. The foot is a common place for this type of injury to occur, and it happens from gradually increasing speed and distance too quickly while running. Additionally, it can happen to people who frequently run on uneven surfaces, and this can wreak havoc on the foot bones. The metatarsal bones can be affected. These are the long bones at the top of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. The feet absorb the impact of running, and it is beneficial to wear shoes that have adequate cushioning. Existing medical conditions may lead to developing a stress fracture, consisting of diabetes, arthritis, or osteoporosis. People who are vitamin deficient in D or calcium may start to experience symptoms of a stress fracture. These can include having dull pain in a specific area of the foot, and it may radiate to the entire foot if treatment is not promptly received. If you think you may have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. 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.
- 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 Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.