Stress Fracture Foot
A stress fracture is described as a small crack in the bone which occurs in response to overuse or repetitive activities. Most commonly they occur in the shin and foot bones in response to a rapid increase in the intensity of exercise, very repetitive exercise, hard surfaces, and footwear. Most often we see stress fractures, or their precursor the Stress Reaction, in runners who increase their training regimes far too quickly for their muscles, tendons, and bone to adapt.
Our physiotherapists will do a full subjective and objective assessment of your lower limb considering a wide range of factors including; referred pain from the low back, the mechanics of the whole lower limb and foot, strength and balance of the muscles surrounding the ankle, sporting technique, motor control, footwear, and biomechanics. Often stress fractures occur not only due to an increase in force, but a failure to adequately dissipate them. As such, your physiotherapist will assess your whole lower limb looking for areas of stiffness, weakness, or instability, which may cause forces to compound (ankle range of motion, weak glutes, knee rolling etc) and contribute to the overload.
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