Answers to Questions About Getting Foot and Ankle Care
Want fast answers to your top questions about foot and ankle problems? Farmingdale podiatrist Dr. Gasparini gives you the answers you need to get back on your feet again.
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What causes ankle stress fractures?
Stress fractures are different than other types of fractures that can be sustained by bone tissue. In these common overuse injuries, the cumulative forces that accompany every step—whether while running or walking—add up over time and result in a hairline fracture on the surface of a bone.
Contributing factors to the condition are fatigued muscles and the natural cycle of bone cell regeneration and replacement. Muscle tissues often help to absorb a certain degree of the forces that come with physical activity. When they are exhausted from overuse, the forces are transferred to bones.
Additionally, bone tissue undergoes a continual cycle wherein old cells are replaced with new ones. When excessive physical activity interrupts this process, a bone is more susceptible to fracturing.
Causes of this injury include high-impact activities, sudden increase in physical activity, and abnormal foot arches.
Now that you understand the causes of ankle stress fractures, it is important to understand the symptoms and preventative measures for the condition. Foot Specialists of Long Island can help by providing further information, offering prevention advice, and treating these common injuries. Call our Nassau County, NY office at (516) 804-9038 or schedule an appointment with us online.
How do you treat a stress fracture?
If during some form of physical activity you think you may have fractured a bone, stop the activity immediately, apply ice, and rest your foot and ankle. Stress fractures are injuries to the bone that can range from a crack to an all-out break. Sometimes they can heal on their own, as long as they are given proper rest and weight is kept off of your foot by using crutches or a walking boot.
If your injury is particularly severe, however, surgical options may need to be considered. By inserting metal plates and screws, the bone is held in place then immobilized and supported with a cast. That way it will heal correctly in its proper position.
If you think you may have suffered a stress fracture, and you have tried rest and ice but to no avail, call our Massapequa, NY office at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment with Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. today.