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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS
Morgan E. Garcia, DPM

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Runners and Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Stress fractures are a common occurrence among people who enjoy running. A stress fracture, also known as a hairline fracture, generally occurs due to excessive strain on the foot bones. Stress fractures may result from increasing speed or distance too quickly and can be a runner's worst nightmare. The number of stress fractures may be reduced when good running shoes are worn, in addition to stretching the feet before and after running. Many runners experience an emotional condition that is known as runner’s blues. This may happen from the inability to run as the healing process occurs. This can take several weeks, depending on how severe the fracture is. Many people choose to use crutches as this can help restore mobility. If you have foot pain, please consult a podiatrist who can determine if a stress fracture has occurred and can offer you treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors 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 office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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