Foot stress fractures are common injuries that can significantly impact daily life and physical activities. It's essential to understand the basics of these fractures to prevent and manage them effectively. Stress fractures occur due to repetitive stress on the bones, often seen in athletes and runners, especially those who suddenly increase their activity levels. They are tiny cracks in the bone that can be difficult to detect initially, as symptoms may start mild and gradually worsen. Common signs include localized pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. Resting and elevating the affected foot is crucial in the early stages of managing a stress fracture. Seeking prompt medical attention and avoiding weight-bearing activities can prevent further damage. Wearing proper footwear, implementing gradual exercise progression, and incorporating rest days into the routine are essential preventive measures. Understanding foot stress fractures empowers individuals to take proactive steps in maintaining foot health and avoiding potential complications. If you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Castillo from Bronx 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.

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 Bronx, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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