A foot stress fracture can be a painful setback, but with the right approach to recovery, you can ensure a swift and safe return to your active lifestyle. The first step is rest. Allowing your foot to heal is of utmost importance, and this may mean using crutches or a brace to minimize weight-bearing. Getting adequate nutrition, rich in calcium and vitamin D, aids in bone healing. Gentle exercises like swimming or stationary cycling can help maintain cardiovascular fitness without adding stress to your healing foot. Gradually, as pain subsides, introduce weight-bearing activities and strength exercises. Wearing footwear with proper arch support and cushioning is suggested to help reduce pressure at the fracture site. A gradual return to regular activity and sport is vital to prevent re-injury. If you have suffered a foot stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide the correct treatment options.
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.