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Causes of Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 00:00

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. They are caused by repetitive force, often from overuse, such as jumping up and down or running long distances. There are, however, people who have very weak bones and can sustain a stress fracture from low impact activities such as walking. Foot and ankle stress fractures often occur when people begin new activities like hiking or running. They can also take place when people increase the amount of new activity too quickly. The foot and ankle are the most common parts of the body to undergo a stress fracture because we are always on our feet. Stress fractures have the capability to heal on their own if you reduce your level of activity, as well as wear proper protective footwear. If you feel you have a stress fracture it is best to speak with your local podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. 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 offices located in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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