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What Can Cause Stress Fractures?

Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00

People who enjoy running may develop stress fractures. They are defined as hairline fractures that can occur in the bones in the feet, and can gradually develop from repetitive stress or overuse. The muscles resemble shock absorbers for the body, and can become fatigued while running. This can result in a stress fracture. Common symptoms patients may experience with this condition can include swelling, pain while running or performing weight bearing activities, and the area may feel tender. Mild relief may be found when the activity that caused the fracture is temporarily stopped, and the affected foot is elevated. If you feel you have developed a stress fracture in your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so they can offer you the correct treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. 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 Boerne, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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