Common Risk Factors for Stress Fractures
Nobody likes the idea of a broken bone. Not only do they hurt, but they can also limit your mobility. And with nearly 25% of your bones located in your foot, a stress fracture in your foot can make it painful or downright impossible for you to walk! Who wants that?
Knowledge is power when it comes to preventing stress fractures in your feet. Stress fractures, which are tiny cracks or deep bruises in the bones of your feet, differ from foot fractures because they usually don’t go all the way through the bone or affect the alignment of your feet or toes. Nevertheless, they can be debilitating. Below is a list of some of the most common risk factors that make Frisco residents susceptible to stress fractures:
- Running or Jogging for Long Periods of Time
If you’re an avid runner, then you probably already know that your chosen sport puts you at a higher risk of developing a stress fracture. The longer the distance you run, the more likely you are to obtain this undesirable side effect. And if you run and jog in intervals, the change in your intensity of running could also put you at a higher risk of developing a stress fracture.
- You Are Involved in Other High Impact Activities
Even if you’re not a runner, other high impact sports, like basketball and soccer, can increase an athlete’s risk of developing a stress fracture. Basically, any time you’re giving it your all, you are at risk for injuring your foot. And if you change your intensity throughout your game, that also puts you at higher risk for a stress fracture.
- Suddenly Walking More Frequently than You Used To
Perhaps you are a Frisco resident who isn’t athletically inclined, but you’ve finally saved up for that vacation of a lifetime to hike Machu Picchu. The sudden, unusually higher amount of stress you are placing on your feet while on vacation can make you prone to developing a stress fracture, even if you’re just walking.
When to See Dr. Verville
Stress fractures are typically accompanied by pain. And anytime you feel pain in your foot you need to see a podiatrist like Dr. Verville. By completing a full examination of your foot and taking X-rays, Dr. Verville can determine if you have, in fact, suffered a stress fracture and get you on the right track for healing and pain relief.
Scheduling an Appointment with Dr. Verville
Often, when it comes to pain or something feeling “off” in our feet, Frisco area patients tend to ignore the problem. This can be a huge mistake. While you may initially have a little problem that requires minimally invasive treatment, untreated stress fractures may continue to cause you pain and even make it impossible for you to walk normally, much less participate in your desired sports.
If you feel pain in your foot or feet, don’t write it off and don’t delay seeking professional help. Contact RNV Podiatry today at their office in Frisco to schedule an appointment at (214) 385-8822.