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Douglas Pacaccio, DPM
Thomas Nordquist, DPM

Risk Factors for Foot Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

A stress fracture refers to a tiny crack in a bone that may happen when the bone can no longer bear the load placed on it. Foot stress fractures often affect athletes, who place a great deal of stress on their feet. Foot fractures also commonly affect women. This is thought to be due to fluctuating hormone levels weakening the bones. Teens are also at an increased risk of stress fractures, as they often have high activity levels and bones that are still in the process of growing. Osteoporosis, abnormal foot biomechanics, or having had a previous stress fracture can all make another stress fracture more likely to occur, as can wearing shoes that don't properly fit or support the foot. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or tenderness in your foot, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . 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 one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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