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.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. The feet and ankles then 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. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.
What Are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
- People affected with Osteoporosis
- Tennis or basketball players
- 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 high impact will aggravate pain.
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