High school point guard Allie Clement suffered a stress fracture that she played with for an entire season, leading to extreme pain and discomfort. “It’s hard,” Clement commented, “I’m so active and I’ve never had to say no to the things I would normally do.” Clement had to wear a plastic boot whenever she wasn’t playing games and now wears an air cast in order to try and heal her fractured foot. The date she will return to the court is unknown but she has been ordered to rest for 4 months following her diagnosis.
Dealing with a stress fracture, like Clement’s, can be a painful endeavor that needs to be treated right away or else you risk the possibilities of having that fracture break even more. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.
Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:
- athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
- osteoporosis patients
- those who engage in high-intensity workouts
Stress Fracture Symptoms
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.
Treating Stress Fractures
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