How to Determine if You Have Endured a Stress Fracture

Stress fractures are described as small cracks in the bone, which may be a result of repeated stress from running and jumping activities that are frequently performed. Proper treatment may generally include adequate resting time that is needed to heal this ailment, which may aid in preventing serious conditions from occurring to the bones in the feet. A proper diagnosis will typically include having an X-ray performed. If this is inconclusive, having an MRI taken may prove to be a more reliable method to determine if a stress fracture has occurred. Research has shown there may be ways that stress fractures may be prevented, and these may include maintaining overall strength in the bones. This may be accomplished by ingesting specific nutrients on a frequent basis. Additionally, when certain stretching exercises are performed before any running or jumping activities are pursued, the calf muscles may become looser. This may result in changing the running technique, which may change the amount of force the foot may endure. If you have developed a stress fracture in your foot, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist, so a proper diagnosis can be performed.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. 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 Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle