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Understanding Stress Fractures of the Feet

A tiny hairline crack in a bone is known as a stress fracture. It is caused by repetitive stress in the metatarsals, or long bones of the feet. It is common for athletes who do a lot of pounding on their feet, such as runners, basketball players, and tennis players. Among the causes or contributing factors to the development of stress fractures are shoes that do not provide ample cushioning, running or pounding on hard surfaces, tight muscles or tendons, and increasing the time or intensity of the particular activity. Stress fractures often go unnoticed at first, because the pain usually dissipates after stopping the activity.  Also, stress fractures are difficult to detect, as they may not always show up on X-rays. The number one way to treat a stress fracture is to stop the activity. If you have further questions about stress fractures, please consult a podiatrist who can perform imaging tests to examine your feet and provide further treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Chuc Dang, DPM from California . 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 office located in Westminster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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