Two Common Stress Fractures AreasTuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00
A stress fracture in the foot is generally accompanied by consistent aching, and it can be difficult to walk. It happens as a result of overuse that can gradually weaken the foot bones. The second metatarsal is a common place to suffer a stress fracture in the foot. This is defined as the long bone that is attached to the second toe, and is found in the middle of the foot. The navicular is one of the bones that forms the arch in the foot and is also a frequent place for a stress fracture. A diagnosis consists of having an X-ray taken, and treatment can consist of wearing a protective boot or cast. Many people choose to use crutches that can help to keep weight off of the affected foot, in addition to providing mobility. If you have foot pain, and believe it may be a stress fracture, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this type of injury.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Jeffrey Stewart, DPM from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.
What Are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
- People affected with Osteoporosis
- Tennis or basketball players
- High impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.