It’s that time of the year where everyone is trying to shed a few pounds from their holiday over eating. I tend to be a regular at the gym and in the last few days, as there are at the beginning of every year, there have been a lot of unfamiliar faces. What needs to be realized is that when you go from inactive to working out a lot, there is a high probability of injury to the foot and ankle.
Common injuries include stress fractures, sprains, and strains. A stress fracture is a type of fracture which cannot always be seen on x-ray that tends to occur in people that increase their activity level too quickly. Symptoms of this injury can include pin point tenderness over an area of bone (particularly seen in the metatarsals which are the long bones of the forefoot). Treatment can include special shoe gear as well as immobilization.
Sprains and strains of the foot and ankle are also seen in people who hit the gym after being sedentary for a long time. There are tons of muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle that can easily be injured. Stretching before, during and after exercises is a great way to try and decrease the occurrence of these sprains and strains. Common symptoms of these include pain in the foot especially with range of motion (ie moving the toes/ ankle etc) Treatment of these include ice, elevation and possible immobilization of the affected body part. It is always important to have x-rays completed of the affected foot or ankle to rule out fracture or other causes of foot/ankle pain.
If you or anyone you know has any foot or ankle pain, contact Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707 to schedule an appointment with your local podiatrists today!
In the winter months, slippery walking conditions and seasonal sports like ice skating, snowboarding, and sledding are some of the leading causes of foot-related injuries. Even standing on a hard floor for too long can produce a stress fracture. We have already treated several patients with stress fractures in November after they volunteered at the polls and stood on a hard surface for hours,
It’s important to be aware of the signs of a stress fracture, especially following a potentially stressful activity or fall, and to seek appropriate care. Pain, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising can all be signs of a stress fracture. The pain typically occurs on the top of the foot. The symptoms usually pop up quickly and then subside if the person stops the activity. Beginning treatment as soon as possible is very important and may shorten your recovery time. Treatment can take four to six weeks if you catch the problem early. During this time, it’s important to rest the foot and possibly wear a surgical shoe or cast boot. In a small percentage of patients, surgery may be needed to stabilize the fracture.
If you believe you may have a stress fracture, give us a call at Quality Foot Care. We can take digital x rays and provide answers and treatment for you in no time.
Sometimes people experiencing pain in their feet are surprised to see that an x-ray reveals no visible crack or fracture in the bone. This could indicate that they have a stress fracture, or a tiny hairline fracture on the surface of the bone (usually the weight bearing bones of the lower leg and foot). Athletes such as basketball players, soccer players, and runners are particularly prone to this kind of injury.
Stress fractures are caused by repetitive application of force, so people regularly involved in exercises that include jumping up and down or running long distances on hard surfaces are often victims. Also, people with osteoporosis (which weakens the bones) can develop stress fractures from normal everyday use of a bone.
In the beginning a stress fracture may be unnoticeable, but the discomfort, which is decreased during rest, usually worsens over time. Many runners report feeling discomfort due to a stress fracture at the same specific point in their run every time. Pain is for the most part concentrated to one specific point, which can become visibly swollen. If the underlying cause of a stress fracture is not addressed, it may not heal properly and will cause chronic pain and/or more stress fractures.
The main method of treatment for a stress fracture is reducing the weight bearing load on your feet until the bone heals. Wearing a walking boot/brace and possibly even using crutches can achieve this purpose. Resting from activity as well as icing the area to reduce swelling can ensure that your stress fracture heals properly.
If you believe you have a stress fracture and the pain persists or becomes severe even during rest, it is time to call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707. Dr. Lefkowitz and his staff have the expertise and care to provide effective treatment for stress fractures and all other foot and ankle concerns at their Doylestown office.