Developing a stress fracture in your foot or ankle can be a confounding experience since the pain and discomfort can come and go and be hard to trace. Stress fractures are often small, hairline cracks that only produce symptoms when the foot or ankle is under pressure in a specific position.
Your foot doctor can often trace the location with careful manipulation of the foot and ankle. Many conditions, including metatarsalgia and sesamoiditis, can mimic the symptoms of a stress fracture so see your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis.
4 possible causes of stress fractures in the feet and ankles include the following:
- Bone and joint diseases—Diseases of aging such as osteoporosis (bone loss) and joint stiffness increase the chances of experiencing a stress fracture.
- Stress and pressure from work, sports, and exercise—Jobs that require walking on hard surfaces all day can cause a stress fracture to develop. Participating in vigorous sporting activities and exercise also increases the chance of a stress fracture. Ballet dancers often suffer stress fractures to their toes.
- Poor nutrition—Bones need nutrients like calcium and vitamins to grow properly and they can become weak and susceptible to fracture without these nutrients.
- Poorly fitted footwear and improper arch support—Always have your feet properly measured when getting shoes and be sure you have the proper arch support. People with poorly treated arch conditions like flat feet are more likely to experience a stress fracture.
At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.