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A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. The feet are a common area for this type of injury to happen, and it generally occurs from overuse. People who enjoy running may experience this type of fracture, which can be a result of the consistent stress the feet endure. Common symptoms that are associated with stress fractures can consist of pain that gradually worsens, and it can be difficult to put weight on the affected foot. Many people will ignore this type of discomfort and will notice it gets worse at night while resting. Stress fractures can happen from suddenly increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, and people who have osteoporosis may be susceptible to developing this type of fracture. Relief begins with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the injury and frequently resting the foot. If you have a stress fracture in the foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can perform an effective diagnosis and offer you a treatment method that is best for you.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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:
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.
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 and ankle needs.