Stress fractures are small, hairline cracks in bones, often resulting from repetitive or excessive force on the affected area. These fractures can occur in various parts of the body, but they are frequently seen in weight-bearing bones such as the feet. Recognizing the symptoms of a stress fracture is essential for early intervention. One common sign is localized pain, typically described as a deep, aching discomfort that worsens with activity and may improve with rest. Swelling and tenderness at the fracture site are also common, often accompanied by a pinpoint area of pain. Unlike acute fractures, stress fractures may not always cause noticeable bruising or deformity. Left untreated, stress fractures can lead to more severe injuries. If you suspect you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you seek medical attention from a podiatrist promptly to prevent further damage and ensure proper healing.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Mark Poplawski, DPM from Jersey Shore Podiatry, LLC. 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.
- 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 Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.