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How Body Weight May be Linked to Stress Fractures

Studies have shown that women with low body weight are more likely to develop stress fractures. According to a researcher at Ohio State University, “Having too little lean muscle mass to dissipate the impact of repetitive pounding on hard surfaces makes the bones of runners' legs vulnerable to injury.” In order to prevent stress fractures, it is advised that women incorporate resistance training into their workouts in order to strengthen their lower legs.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Jon M. Sherman of Kentlands Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Gaithersburg, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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