A stress fracture is a ‘tiny cracked’ bone. Stress fractures are caused by: sudden increase in exercise, improper training techniques, or a change in surfaces. Research studies have shown that athletes participating in tennis, running, gymnastics, dance and basketball are at high risk for stress fractures.
Recently retired NBA player, Yao Ming, has had repeated problems with his left foot. Ming has missed extensive playing time due to his fractures throughout different points of his career. His most recent stress fracture was most likely caused by too much exercise and perhaps too intense of workouts. At Fredericks Foot and Ankle Specialists we diagnose stress fractures, treat stress fractures, but more importantly help prevent stress fracture from occurring.
Dr. Yanes, Dr. Steinberg, and Dr. Ho are advocates of daily exercise, but you must be aware of your body’s limitations. Make sure you control the intensity of your workout and maintain appropriate frequency of workouts. Although stress fractures are caused by overuse, they can occur by people who never exercise. If an individual has osteoporosis (weakening of bones) or osteomyelitis (bone infection) or any other bone diseases they are at higher risk for stress fractures. One of Yao Ming’s many fractures was actually caused by a bone infection on his left big toe, which caused overall weakening of his foot bones.
If you experience pain that increases with weight-bearing activity and is relieved by rest we recommend you come see us to determine if you have a stress fracture. We love educating our patients so if you are concerned or believe you are susceptible to stress fractures schedule an appointment to talk to us at our locations in Frederick or Urbana, MD.
We offer diagnostic methods, such as x-rays and MRIs, to determine the severity of the stress fracture. Our treatments can range from prescribed rest to protective footwear and possible surgical treatment. Your recovery is important to us, but it depends mainly on the patient. Once you are pain-free we will ease you back into your athletic and daily activities.