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How Are Stress Fractures Diagnosed?

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

A common reason for stress fractures of the feet to occur is from repetitive overuse. Many runners can experience this type of injury, and the bones in the center of the foot can be at risk. These types of fractures gradually occur as small breaks in the bone. The common symptoms that many patients can experience often include pain and discomfort in the front of the foot, tenderness surrounding the affected area, and it may appear to be bruised. Having an MRI taken is generally an effective method of diagnosing a stress fracture, and the average healing time is approximately six to eight weeks. It may be beneficial to perform certain types of stretches to promote healing, and many patients find it helpful to wear a walking boot. If you have pain in your foot, and think it may be a stress fracture, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. David Ungar from Personal Foot Care. 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 Farmington and Berkley, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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