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Stress Fractures Can Be Caused by Walking

If you feel pain or discomfort in the midfoot area, you may have developed stress fractures in the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones of the foot. The most common cause is repetitive walking for long periods. This condition, sometimes called “march fractures,”  is common after a trip with prolonged walks or hikes, in overtraining for a marathon type of event, or from military recruitment exercises. Other causes include a change in foot shape—perhaps the result of bunions—that may overload the midfoot bones, and osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the bones as the result of low bone density. Symptoms include pain and swelling, as well as tenderness to the touch, which could worsen if the activity is continued. As with all painful foot conditions, it is a good idea to schedule a visit to a podiatrist for a complete checkup, which will likely include X-rays or other imaging tests to see the extent of the injury. In the meantime, avoid walking or bearing weight on the affected foot as much as possible to help it heal more quickly.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Inc.. 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 offices located in Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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