Many people who are athletic suffer from stress fractures. The foot is a common place for this type of injury to occur, and it happens from gradually increasing speed and distance too quickly while running. Additionally, it can happen to people who frequently run on uneven surfaces, and this can wreak havoc on the foot bones. The metatarsal bones can be affected. These are the long bones at the top of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. The feet absorb the impact of running, and it is beneficial to wear shoes that have adequate cushioning. Existing medical conditions may lead to developing a stress fracture, consisting of diabetes, arthritis, or osteoporosis. People who are vitamin deficient in D or calcium may start to experience symptoms of a stress fracture. These can include having dull pain in a specific area of the foot, and it may radiate to the entire foot if treatment is not promptly received. If you think you may have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Henrietta Obidigbo, DPM from Jersey Foot and Ankle Clinic. 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:
- People affected with Osteoporosis
- Tennis or basketball players
- High impact workouts
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 our office located in Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.