Often those who suffer from osteoporosis are more susceptible to bone injuries. The condition causes about 1.5 million breaks and fractures every year, and very commonly causes fractures in the metatarsals of the feet.
In order to avoid fractures from re-occurring, doctors recommend exercising frequently to keep bones strong. Also, it is important to have a regular intake of calcium. In regards to the feet, physicians may suggest those with osteoporosis (or seeking to prevent it) participate in activities that require them to put their weight on their feet, such as volleyball.
Foot fractures are common injuries that make walking difficult and sometimes impossible. If you think you are suffering from a stress fracture, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot HealthCare Associates. Dr. Mozen can analyze your problem and provide you with the care you need.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.
What are Stress Fractures?
Common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-high impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.
The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.
– Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
– A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
– Set a regimen for running or other activity
– Wear supportive shoes
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Southfield, Novi, or Livonia, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to suit your needs.
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