A stress fracture is a small hairline fracture that usually occurs because the foot is no longer able to handle the load being placed on it. While stress fractures can occur in the pelvis, thigh bones and shins, they most commonly occur in the lower legs, particularly in the bones of the midfoot. Because they often are a result of overuse and repetitive motion, as opposed to a specific injury, athletes such as runners, soccer players and dancers are at an increased risk for developing them. Stress fractures are often indicated by sharp pain when bearing weight, but as the fracture gets worse, the pain will persist even when not bearing weight. Those who are experiencing pain in their forefoot and believe that they may have a stress fracture should consult with a podiatrist for treatment.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.
What Are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
- People affected with Osteoporosis
- Tennis or basketball players
- High impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.