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Thin Cracks in Foot Bones

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 00:00

Stress fractures are very thin cracks in a bone. They are often called hairline fractures because of their thin, hair-like appearance. These fractures are typically caused by overuse. Symptoms may include pain which develops gradually in a generalized area, swelling, tenderness, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. A podiatrist can diagnose a stress fracture through a physical examination and X-ray, MRI, or bone scan. Stress fractures are particularly common among runners, basketball players, and ballet dancers. A stress fracture in the foot can affect any of the foot bones, but is usually found on the metatarsal, navicular, calcaneal, medial malleolus, or talus bones. If you suspect that you may have a stress fracture, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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