A Stress fracture is generally caused by repetitive actions or overuse. Which results in a serious bruise or crack in a bone. This most often occurs in the feet or lower legs. Commonly during activities such as running, jumping, or walking.
Drastically changing the intensity, frequency, or duration of activity is not recommended. In fact, it can put those who participate in them at risk. Those who are suddenly in an active job for full work days may be prone to these injuries. Considering the absorption of repetitive force on these bones.
Uneven surfaces, unstable shoes, or anything that changes the way a foot hits the ground can cause a vulnerability for a stress fracture. In addition, conditions including osteoporosis can weaken bones. Thus creating further chances for this condition. To help prevent this, build bone strength by consuming a balanced diet. By adding adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium will help with bone strength.
Ensure shoes provide proper stability and shock absorption. It’s also important to replace them as needed. Ease into new activities gradually. And vary exercise through cross training, mixing strength training and low impact exercise with higher impact sports. If pain or swelling occurs, rest until it subsides. However, see a doctor if it persists. When recovery periods are too short, healing can delayed or improper. As a matter of fact, a refracture or a complete fracture can occur if not healed properly.
Treating a Stress Fracture
Treating a stress fracture can facilitate healing, prevent further bone damage, and relieve foot pain. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) is recommended. An orthopedic can determine the existence of a stress fracture. Typically by examining with x-rays or a CT scan. Plus, this can also confirm when the injury has healed.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, a doctor may advise keeping weight off the injured area. You can achieve this with the use of crutches, immobilization in a boot or cast. Or in some instances, even surgery. A stress fracture will generally require six to eight weeks to heal when recommendations are followed.
If you are experiencing pain from a possible stress fracture, please call 888-409-8006. Or visit Spine & Orthopedic Center today. Our doctors can help you determine the cause of your pain. And advise you on an appropriate treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery.