Tuesday, 28 November 2023

What Causes Stress Fractures?

Foot stress fractures, though diminutive in size, can pack a punch when it comes to discomfort and disruption in daily activities. These fractures occur when the normal balance between bone formation and breakdown is disrupted, often due to repetitive stress or overuse. High-impact activities like running or jumping, sudden increases in physical activity, or wearing inadequate footwear can all contribute to the development of stress fractures. The bones in the foot, particularly the metatarsals, are vulnerable to micro-cracks when subjected to repetitive loading without sufficient time for recovery. Factors such as improper training techniques, changes in exercise surfaces, or underlying conditions that affect bone density can heighten the risk. If you have developed a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Christine Quinn from New Jersey. 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 Basking Ridge, NJ, near Warren, Stirling, and Bedminster . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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