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No Running With a Stress Fracture

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

When a stress fracture is incurred, it can be a runner’s worst nightmare. A stress fracture is a hairline fracture that happens from increased pressure on the feet while participating in running and jumping activities. Some patients have a predisposition to stress fractures, which may include having weak and narrow bones. The minimum recovery time for a complete recovery is six weeks and it is imperative to the healing process that running is stopped during this time. When the foot has healed, it is beneficial to begin running gradually and increase speed and distance slowly. Additionally, it can help to perform basic foot stretches to give the foot a chance to become stronger. If you have foot pain and are unable to run, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine if a stress fracture has occurred, and offer you the correct treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact the podiatrists from The Foot & Ankle Center of New Jersey. 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 our office located in Ridgewood, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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