Stress Fracture Foot Pain is very common in the front of your foot, your heel, the 2nd and 5th rays. Learn how to start taking care of this problem!
Foot pain due to a stress fracture does not have to be extremely severe. Sometimes if the pain starts out of nowhere and becomes very painful one morning – it is likely not a stress fracture. A stress fracture develops over time and it is due to healthy bone trying to remodel itself over time, leading to weakening. A stress fracture is more of an aching pain that may be very low when you are not running or moving on your foot.
Stress Fractures Symptoms:
Every bone in the body is constantly remodeling and regenerating itself; especially during extreme weight bearing! If you are just sitting on the couch the remodeling is not as fast, but if you spend a great deal of time on your feet, it remodels quite a bit!
Two types of cells in your bone are responsible for this phenomenon. First are the osteoblasts which help make more bone. Then there are the osteoclasts which break down bone into its precursors elements like calcium, so that osteoblasts can re-shape the bone. If the osteoclasts are overwhelming the osteoblasts, you are at risk for a stress fracture!
This weight bearing is seen the most during sports and being on your feet all day. It is no secret that people who start training for marathons are the most likely to experience a stress fracture! I even had a roommate who had a stress fracture in his hip due to training for an ultra-marathon!
If your bone is not in peak shape due to years of decreased exercise, be careful when you go for those 5 mile runs! It is a good idea to ease yourself in over the first few weeks, start with a run around the block!
As your muscles fatigue, you may become more susceptible to stress fractures!
See which one most closely resembles you!
1) Peak Condition Athletes:
It is difficult to treat a fracture at home. Your main responsibilities should be these:
Follow the Home Treatment Guide: