Allie ClementJunior point guard Allie Clement suffered a stress fracture in her right foot after playing an entire season suffering from excessive pain. “It’s hard,” Clement commented, “I’m so active and I’ve never had to say no to the things I would normally do.” The 16 year old athlete had to wear a plastic boot whenever she wasn’t playing and now wears an air cast in order to try and heal her foot. She was prescribed to rest at least four months, but it is unknown when she will return to the court.

When overuse occurs in the bone, it can lead to stress fractures or in the case of a tendon, tendinitis. If you think you may have sustained an injury such as a stress fracture you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as podiatrist Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey who can diagnose any foot injuries you may have and provide you with treatment options that work for you.


Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.


What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:
-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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