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Help with Stress Fractures

What Is A Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures are tiny cracks that develop inside of the bone. They are so small that they cannot be seen on an x-ray in many cases. Stress fractures are caused by repeated force on the bones, such as running or jumping. A stress fracture can also occur if the bone has been weakened by another condition, such as osteoporosis.

The foot and lower leg are at the greatest risk for developing stress fractures. Even though anyone can develop a stress fracture, track and field athletes are more likely to develop one. Additionally, you are at an increased risk for developing stress fractures if you are new to an exercise program. This is especially true if you do too much too soon.

Risk Factors For Stress Fractures

Women who have irregular menstrual cycles are at a greater risk for developing stress fractures. Stress fractures are also more common in people who have foot problems. Additionally having weakened bones can put a person at risk for developing stress fractures.

Symptoms

The symptoms of stress fractures may not be noticed at first. However, the pain will begin to worsen over time. Tenderness and swelling are some of the other symptoms associated with stress fractures.

Are There Any Complications?

Stress fractures usually heal without any complications. However, if the fracture does not heal completely, then a person may develop chronic pain. Furthermore, if the causes of the stress fractures are not addressed, then a person may develop more stress fractures in the future.

Treatment

If you live in the Atlanta area and think that you have stress fractures, then you should contact us at Heel Pain Center of Atlanta. You may have to use crutches or wear a walking boot until you are healed. The walking boot or crutches will reduce the amount of pressure applied to the joints. We at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta will also recommend gentle exercise. As strange as it may sound, the fracture will not heal as quickly if the person completely rests. We can help you develop an exercise program that will help you get better faster. In rare cases, surgery is recommended for stress fractures.