Posts for: June, 2012
Stress Fractures are actually very common in the sports world. Just before the 2009 NFL draft, where he was drafted as the 10th pick to the San Francisco 49ers, Michael Crabtree was diagnosed with a stress fracture to the left foot.
The Boston Celtics' Bill Walton has become a sort of guru to stress fracture sufferers. The injury interrupted his career three times, once almost ending it. "One of the hardest things about stress fractures for athletes is the mental uncertainty," says Walton, who suffered his first such injury in his left foot as a member of the Trail Blazers in 1978.
What Is Stress Fracture?
Stress fractures can be called an overuse injury which is most seen in athletes. It is commonly seen in the foot bones of athletes and caused by unusual or repeated stress”. These kinds of injuries are also called ‘fatigue fractures’. Technically wrong and rapid training can cause a stress fracture. Women seem to be high risk of foot stress fractures than men. Eating disorders, poor nutrition, and amenorrhea make women more vulnerable to stress fractures. Most times, stress fractures may appear like ‘hairline fractures’ but if you don’t take treatment at the right time, a re-injury can happen and that may end your sports career forever.
Symptoms of Stress Fractures
- You may feel pain or tenderness in a generalized area.
- There can be pain in the affected area in the night.
- Diffused swelling could be seen at the affected area.
- A bruise is common but not always seen
Causes of Stress Fractures
- Obesity can be a catalyst in leading to this condition.
- Foot deformity such as hammertoe or bunion.
- Abnormal foot structure.
- Osteoporosis - This is a condition characterized by a decrease in the density of bone, which results fragile bones.
- Increased levels of activity, without proper conditioning can be another reason.
- Carrying out an improper, hard, and rapid training program develops stress fractures.
- Wearing worn or improper shoes can be a cause of this illness.
- Rest is the best and only way to get stress fracture cured. It takes six to eight weeks to heal properly. This fracture occurs mostly in weight bearing bones. So obviously the healing may be delayed. If you resume the strain full activity before the fracture gets healed completely, bigger and harder to heal fractures may develop.
- Muscle strength training can help recovery because it disperses the excessive forces transmitted to the bones.
Prevention of the stress fracture
- Don't go for rapid, hard, technically wrong exercises.
- Following a healthy diet which Includes Vitamin D and calcium-rich foods will prevent such fractures.
- Use good quality comfortable shoes for your foot. Buy inexpensive shoes and change them when they get a bit old and uncomfortable.
- When pain or swelling begins, stop the activity as soon as possible and rest for a few days. If pain persists, consult one of our physicians at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care at any of our four locations: Sidney, Piqua, Troy and Huber Heights, OH.
Neuropathy is a common complication for those with diabetes. It is caused by damage to the nerves of the body due to high blood sugar levels. Since the nerves that go to the foot are some of the longest in the body, these are particularly affected by this condition. Signs of diabetic neuropathy include pain, tingling, or numbness to the foot. Due to lack of sensation in the foot, injuries can easily go unnoticed and lead to severe complications.
Check your feet at least once a day for any injuries. Check the entire foot, even between the toes. If you have trouble doing this by yourself, try using a mirror or ask a family member for help. Make sure to see your podiatrist if you notice any sores on the bottom of your feet.
Make sure to wash and then thoroughly dry your feet daily. Drying your feet is important to prevent the growth of the fungus that can cause athlete’s foot. Use lotion on your feet if they are especially dry, but skip the area between the toes to prevent foot fungus. Always wear socks with shoes, and change them during the day if you find your feet can get very sweaty. Your podiatrist may want to see you at regular intervals throughout the year to make sure your feet are healthy; if so, make sure you keep these important appointments.
Despite the name, anyone can get Athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a common term for a foot fungus that grows in warm, moist areas, especially where people walk barefoot. For this reason, it is possible to contract Athlete’s foot by walking barefoot in public areas such as locker rooms, changing rooms, and pool areas.
What are the symptoms?
Athlete’s foot commonly causes red, flaky, and cracked skin on the bottom of the foot or the skin between the toes. It is commonly itchy and painful.
What can I do to prevent Athlete’s foot?
First and foremost, it is best not to walk barefoot in the same areas as other people. Instead, we recommended wearing flip-flops or other waterproof footwear if using public areas such as locker room showers.
Try to keep your feet as dry as possible. If your feet get very sweaty, try to change your socks during the day. Avoid wearing the same shoes every day, and give your shoes a chance to fully air dry. Drying your shoes out will make it less likely for the fungus to grow.
If someone in your family has Athlete’s foot, it is best to clean and disinfect the shower or bath after they use it. Avoid sharing towels, as damp towels provide another environment for the fungus to grow.
How do you treat it?
There are several over-the-counter products to treat Athlete’s foot found at your local pharmacy.
If these do not work for your foot, at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care in Piqua Ohio, we can prescribe a prescription strength topical treatment, if necessary. For the most difficult cases, oral antifungal drugs may be necessary.