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.