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Relief for Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. The feet are a common area for this type of injury to happen, and it generally occurs from overuse. People who enjoy running may experience this type of fracture, which can be a result of the consistent stress the feet endure. Common symptoms that are associated with stress fractures can consist of pain that gradually worsens, and it can be difficult to put weight on the affected foot. Many people will ignore this type of discomfort and will notice it gets worse at night while resting. Stress fractures can happen from suddenly increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, and people who have osteoporosis may be susceptible to developing this type of fracture. Relief begins with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the injury and frequently resting the foot. If you have a stress fracture in the foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can perform an effective diagnosis and offer you a treatment method that is best for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dale Delaney, DPM from InStride Kinston Podiatry Center. 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 Kinston, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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