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By Dr. Brandon A. Macy
July 28, 2015
Tags: Stress Fractures  

It’s summertime and everybody wants to do more and be outside. Running amongst the trees or just saying hello to fellow runners are more exciting than running in front of the TV.  It’s easy to ignore that annoying pain in your foot but little do you know that this change of environment might be causing your foot and ankle issues, specifically fractures.

There are two types of foot fractures; stress fractures and general bone fractures.   Let’s focus on what most likely coincides with the beautiful weather, stress fractures.

It is most likely to happen when there is a sudden change of physical activity like doing power walks to running, adding to the frequency and length of the exercise, increasing the level of difficulty or intensity of the workout, changing the activity surface like running on a treadmill to running on rough road.  Even showing off your new kicks can compromise your feet’s ability to handle the impact of these changes.

Stress fractures are characterized by small cracks in a bone or bruising within a bone.  It can be seen most often in the second and third metatarsals in the foot, or from the toes to the middle of the foot. The other common areas are the heel, the outer bone of the lower leg and ankle, the small bone in the ankle joint and the top bone of the mid foot.  These weight-bearing bones mostly absorb the repetitive forces of these activities.

When you start feeling the pain, which develops gradually and usually worsens when bearing weight, then you have the first symptom of a stress fracture.  You may also observe that the pain lessens or goes away after rest but sometimes intensifies during normal activities.  Other telltale signs are swelling of the foot or ankle, tenderness when touched and the possibility of bruising.

If you feel any of the symptoms above or you just want to be preventive, please see our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center servicing Union County and the Westfield area.  Easily make an online appointment or call 732-382-3470 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Stress fractures are said to be overuse injuries that occur when repetitive forces cause damage to the bones and the body is not given enough time for repair.   It might not be disabling like a broken ankle but a treatment plan from a foot specialist can prevent further damage.

May your feet be stress-fracture-free this summer!

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