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Definition and Causes of Foot Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

A foot stress fracture is a small crack or severe bruising within a bone, often resulting from repetitive force or overuse rather than a single traumatic event. Common causes include high-impact sports, sudden increases in physical activity, and wearing inadequate footwear. Stress fractures frequently occur in the weight-bearing bones of the foot, such as the metatarsals. Symptoms include pain that worsens with activity and diminishes with rest, swelling, and tenderness at the fracture site. Recovery time for a foot stress fracture typically ranges from six to eight weeks, depending on the severity and adherence to treatment. Proper rest, wearing supportive footwear, and gradually returning to activities are essential for healing. In some cases, immobilization with a boot or crutches may be necessary. If your foot hurts, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat stress fractures.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. 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 one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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