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How Do Stress Fractures Happen?

Sunday, 01 December 2019 00:00

A stress fracture develops gradually from repetitive motions. This can come from participating in sporting activities that involve running and jumping, or from walking for extended periods of time. The medical condition that is known as osteoporosis may diminish the strength of the bones, and tiny cracks may appear in the feet. Research has indicated this may be prevalent among women as the aging process occurs. Additional reasons why stress fractures can occur may be linked to obesity, improper muscle alignment, or from taking specific medication that may weaken the bones. Effective treatment options can include elevating the foot which may help to reduce any existing swelling, in addition to wrapping the foot to provide adequate support. If you have endured a stress fracture, please speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Long Island. 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 office located in Port Jefferson Station, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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