Stress fractures, as with other running injuries, can often occur without any apparent reason. But according to Vicki Rudawsky, a former Olympic runner, there are certain things that can be done to help prevent stress fractures from happening.
New training regimens should be started slowly and gradually built up to help prevent bone fatigue. Cross training ensures that a single point in the body does not experience repeated stress and that pressure is spread amongst different areas each day.
Supportive footwear is very important, and one should wear shoes according to his or her personal needs. A healthy diet and early recognition of injuries will allow for earlier treatment, and therefore an earlier recovery.
Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.
Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:
-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts
Stress Fracture Symptoms
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.
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