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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

What Can Cause a Stress Fracture?

Fatigue and hairline fractures are also known as stress fractures. They are small cracks that happens to one or more bones in the foot from overuse. They can be common among athletes or children who frequently participate in sporting activities.  It can happen from increasing speed and mileage too quickly, in addition to having an abnormal foot structure. Research has shown that patients who have high arches or flat feet may be prone to developing stress fractures, possibly as a result of a lack of shock absorption that comes from the surrounding muscles. Additionally, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may lead to getting a stress fracture, or it may happen from running on hard surfaces. Relief may be found when the activity that caused the fracture is temporarily ceased, and the affected foot is elevated. If you have endured a stress fracture of the foot, please consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment methods.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Steven Wolfington, DPM from Sheboygan Foot Care, LLC. Our podiatrist 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 Sheboygan, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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