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Runners May Be Prone To Stress Fractures

Monday, 18 November 2019 00:00

Stress fractures may be a common injury among people who enjoy the sport of running and jogging. This can happen from the frequent impact the body endures as the feet consistently hit the ground. This condition typically occurs gradually, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms that are associated with this type of injury can include pain and swelling in the affected foot, and it may be difficult to walk. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally consists of having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. This can include elevating the foot which may reduce a portion of the swelling, and wrapping the foot in an elastic bandage that can be helpful in providing adequate support. If you feel you have developed a stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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