Dealing With a Stress Fracture in the Ankle
A stress fracture in the ankle is a hairline crack in the bone, and although it is most often experienced by athletes, other people can have them. Such an injury is generally the result of continued high stress to the bone and develops over a period of time. An ankle stress fracture is considered to be a repetitive stress injury, usually caused by running and jumping. These actions can weaken the muscles, leaving them unable to withstand the shock or force. This leaves the bones to absorb the pounding, and after a while, cracks will develop. Stress fractures are also common among people with osteoporosis, flat feet, or rigid arches. Symptoms include extreme pain, tenderness, bruising, and swelling. A podiatrist can confirm the presence of a stress fracture in the ankle by conducting imaging tests, such as an MRI, an X-ray, or a bone scan. If you believe you have developed an ankle stress fracture, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment options.
Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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.
- 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 office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.