You may have heard about stress fractures and thought you weren't at risk because you don't have osteoporosis. While it's true osteoporosis can increase your risk for developing a stress fracture there are many other risk factors you should know about.

Why is this important?

Learning about how to prevent a condition is better than having to deal with the pain and recovery time. If you do get a stress fracture, be sure to get it treated early to shorten your time away from the things you love.

Risk Factors

  • Flat feet or high, rigid arches - talk to your podiatrist about getting better support for your feet.
  • Bunions, tendonitis, and blisters - these foot conditions can affect the way your foot hits the ground adding more stress to your body.
  • Increasing your training time too quickly - if you're an athlete and you increase your training time by more than 10% a week your risk for injury and stress fractures goes up.
  • Wearing worn-out shoes - shoes that are worn out are not supportive can add stress to your bones. Learn more about how to buy supportive shoes by viewing this video.
  • Running on pavement vs. running on an indoor track - our bones can be affected by a small change in the type of surface we run on.
  • A job change - you go from a job where you're sitting all day to one where you're on your feet most of the time.
  • Low levels of Vitamin D - Vitamin D is essential to build strong bones.
  • Underweight female runners - women who have a BMI of less than 19 are more likely to develop stress fractures.

What to Watch Out For

  • Pain that comes on quickly during activity and is relieved by rest
  • Pain on the top of the foot or ankle
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising

If you're experiencing pain in the top of your foot or your ankle and you're having the symptoms describe above, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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