Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet, can cause stress fractures. Patients with a stress fracture in the foot may run or walk and endure the pain and discomfort that is often associated with this type of injury. It develops gradually from overuse and is considered to be a hairline fracture. Common symptoms that patients experience can consist of swelling, and in severe cases, the inability to walk. It is beneficial to cease the activity that caused the injury, and it may help to wear a protective boot as the healing process takes place. Research has indicated healing may be accelerated when specific stretches and exercises of the affected foot are performed. If you suspect you have a stress fracture in your foot, it is strongly advised that you confer with a foot and ankle orthopedist who can help you with proper healing techniques.
What Are Stress Fractures?
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.
Who Is At Most Risk From 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
What Are Stress Fracture Symptoms?
Pain from the fractures occurs 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.
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