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Causes of Foot Stress Fractures

Foot stress fractures are a common yet often overlooked injury that can sideline individuals from their daily activities. These fractures occur when repetitive stress on the bones surpasses their ability to repair themselves, resulting in tiny cracks or breaks. Several factors contribute to the development of foot stress fractures, including overuse, sudden increases in physical activity, improper footwear, and biomechanical abnormalities. Runners, dancers, and athletes involved in high-impact sports are particularly susceptible to these types of fractures due to the repetitive stress placed on their feet. Additionally, factors such as poor bone density, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances can increase the risk of stress fractures. Symptoms of foot stress fractures include localized pain, swelling, and tenderness. It is beneficial to incorporate into your routine proper rest, adequate footwear, and training techniques that may help in preventing foot stress fractures. If you have endured this type of injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat foot stress fractures.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Edward Orman, DPM from Honeygo Podiatry. 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 our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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