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Don’t Ignore a Stress Fracture

A stress fracture happens as a result of repetitive use of the feet and can occur from excessive running, walking, or participating in jumping activities. Pain and discomfort often accompany a stress fracture and it can be common for it to be ignored. Many people feel uncomfortable giving up exercising because of a stress fracture, despite knowing that this is temporarily the best thing that can be done to ensure proper healing. There are alternatives to exercises that many people have found to be enjoyable, in addition to maintaining cardiovascular health. These include swimming, cycling, and water aerobics. Additionally, patients can opt to use a stationary bike that has no impact on the feet. It is beneficial to treat a stress fracture by frequently elevating the affected foot and wearing a protective boot can provide adequate stability as well. If you have developed a stress fracture in your foot, please contact a podiatrist for effective relief methods.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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