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How a Stress Fracture Occurs

Having tired muscles in the feet can cause a stress fracture to occur. These muscles can become fatigued by increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, which may cause the inability to absorb shock. The stress can be placed on the foot bones, possibly leading to a stress fracture. A common symptom of a stress fracture can consist of gradual pain while walking or running, which may decrease when activity is temporarily stopped. The area may also feel tender when touched, and this may propel patients to seek medical treatment. This often begins with resting the affected foot, and many people choose to wear a protective boot or cast that can encourage mobility. The average recovery time is between six and eight weeks, and it may help to pursue non-impact activities. If you have foot pain, and fear you may have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. 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 offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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