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What Is a Stress Fracture?

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Overuse of the muscles in the feet may lead to a condition that is known as stress fractures. This may occur when the muscles undergo repeated impact which may result in a tiny fracture in the bone. The majority of stress fractures occur in the metatarsals, which is the portion of the foot that is thinner and longer, and bears the most weight while walking or running. Additionally, this type of fracture may occur in the heel or on top of the foot. It may be prevalent among people who may change or suddenly increase the intensity of their workout, or from wearing shoes that fit improperly. There are patients who may have medical conditions which may include osteoporosis. This may weaken the bones, and performing daily activities may prove to be difficult. If you have endured a stress fracture, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Pembroke Pines, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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