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Podiatry Services in in Bradenton, FL & Lakewood Ranch, FL

How Do Stress Fractures Develop?

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

Stress fractures are characterized as tiny cracks in the bone. They are typically painful and often develop overtime. They are typically caused by overuse, or a repetitive application of force. Athletes are generally affected by this condition because they frequently participate in weight bearing activities like running or jumping. Those who suddenly increase the difficulty level of a weight bearing activity increase their risk of getting a stress fracture, especially if the body is not properly trained or warmed up. Stress fractures can be a debilitating condition if left untreated and require professional care. For more information on stress fractures, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and an advised treatment plan.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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