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Several Reasons Why Stress Fractures Can Occur

Many people who develop stress fractures often continue to run through the pain that this foot condition can cause. It is a hairline fracture and may be more prevalent among people who have osteoporosis. The foot bones absorb the stress of the body, and this can easily occur if proper warmups and cool-downs are not performed. Symptoms that are generally associated with stress fractures include bruising, swelling, and tenderness in addition to difficulty in completing daily activities. Some factors can contribute to incurring a stress fracture. These can consist of having previous fractures, a lack of vitamin D, or running and jumping on uneven surfaces. An MRI is often needed to properly diagnose a stress fracture and an X-ray may follow. If you feel that you have developed this type of fracture, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques, which often begin with resting and elevating the affected foot.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Omega Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Reseda, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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