Don’t Ignore Stress Fractures
You may think that little nagging pain in your foot is nothing serious because it comes and goes and doesn’t really interfere with your daily activity. However, ignoring it could bring bigger problems down the road. Any time you notice unusual pain in your feet, it’s a good idea to have it checked by the specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates. That little pain may be an injury that left untreated could put you out of commission.
Little Break – Big Trouble
A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone rather than a complete break that goes all the way through, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small problem. This injury is common among athletes and others who do a lot of running or jumping. When something in your exercise regimen changes, like increasing the intensity of your workout, running longer distances, or changing the surface that you run on, you are more at risk for this problem. If your muscles are required to do more than they are used to, they become tired and weak and can no longer absorb the trauma of every step. That trauma is transferred to the bone, causing little cracks to form. The onset of osteoporosis can also weaken your bones and makes them more susceptible to these cracks.
How Do I Recognize a Stress Fracture?
Your first hint of this problem may be pain after activity that goes away when you rest. Over time the pain can increase in intensity or duration until even normal daily activities may leave you wincing. Fractures are most likely to occur in your heel or the bones in your mid-foot. You may notice swelling or bruising where the fracture is located, and the top or side of your foot may feel tender when you touch it.
What Can I Do for a Stress Fracture?
The first and most important part of treating this injury is to rest from the activity that’s causing it. Home treatments like icing and elevating the foot can help with swelling and pain, but good care may require the use of protective boots or a cast. You might want to avoid putting weight on the foot until it can be examined, to prevent the break from becoming worse. In certain cases, surgery to pin or plate the bone together may be the only way to assure proper healing.
Try to prevent the injury in the first place by making more gradual changes in your exercise regimen, making sure you have proper footwear, eating a diet that promotes strong bones, and engaging in strengthening exercises for better muscle tone.
Help is Available
If you have noticed pain in your feet after running, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for a consultation. Our podiatrists (Dr. Hal Abrahamson and Dr. Daniel E. Orozco) will evaluate your foot or use imaging tests such as an x-rays or an MRI to diagnose your injury and prescribe treatment that will help you on the road to healing. With three locations in the NY area, help is close by. Call our office at Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, or Flushing (718) 969-2266, or request an appointment online today.