A hairline fracture that gradually occurs may be defined as a stress fracture. It can happen as a result of frequently running or participating in sporting activities, and is known to develop from overuse. If a stress fracture is not promptly treated, it will typically get worse as the activity continues. The common symptoms that are associated with this condition may include swelling, pain and discomfort surrounding the affected area, and it may be difficult to walk. Factors that may lead to the development of a stress fracture can consist of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, running on hard or uneven surfaces, or existing medical conditions such as osteoporosis. Relief may be obtained by elevating the affected foot, as this may help to reduce swelling. If you have endured a stress fracture it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so proper treatment can begin.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wachtel from Wachtel Family Foot Care. 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.
- 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.