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What Can Cause A Stress Fracture?

Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Stress fractures are known to be small cracks in the bones of the feet that gradually appear as a result of repeated stress. Patients who participate in running and jumping activities may be prone to developing this type of injury. Additionally, existing medical conditions may precede developing a stress fracture, and these may include arthritis and osteoporosis. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition often consist of pain and discomfort in a large area of the foot, and can be more noticeable while standing or walking. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which often includes having an X-ray or MRI taken, the correct treatment can begin. If you believe you have a stress fracture, It is recommended that you speak to a podiatrist who can present you with proper treatment options. 

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Joshua David Scoll from Pennsylvania. 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 one of our offices located in Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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