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Running and Its Effects on Stress Fractures

Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Routinely going for runs offers an abundance of health benefits, but there are also some health risks to watch out for, especially regarding feet. One of the common ailments associated with running is stress fractures. Running results in repetitive pressure being applied to your foot, which can create a small break in the bone. This small break is called a stress fracture. Sadly, sometimes this fracture may not become apparent to the runner immediately and they could be put in a situation where they cause more damage. There could be a feeling of slight discomfort, but the fracture may not be obvious at first. Running on a stress fracture could result in a full-on fracture or full break, so paying attention to what your foot is feeling is important. If you feel that you may have a stress fracture or simply want more information in order to avoid getting one in the future, then it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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 our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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