The Ultimate Guide to Prevent Stress Fractures

Soccer and FrisbeeUltimate Frisbee is popular here in Texas, but all that jumping and landing can lead to stress fractures, and those, my Frisbee-loving friends, are not fun! To prevent stress fractures, you need to understand what they are and what causes them.

A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone and is typically an overuse injury. That means it’s mostly likely to occur while playing high-impact sports. You know, like jumping and landing and jumping and landing—sound familiar? When your muscles get tired, they lose their ability to absorb the shock of frequent impacts, so the stress is transferred to your bones. The repeated trauma of your foot striking the ground can create small cracks. The result is pain and tenderness that can keep you out of the game.

So how can you prevent stress fractures?  Never do too much too soon.  You should always build up to your activities to make sure your muscles are conditioned. Make sure you have supportive, comfortable shoes too. Stay on the grass! Don’t decide to play on black top or dirt. When you change surfaces you increase your risk of injury. How often, how long, and how intensely you play are also factors that come into play.

If you suspect that you have a stress fracture, take a time out immediately.  Ignoring the pain can cause the fracture to turn into a full-fledged break.  Rest is essential for the crack to heal. Icing and elevation can also help with the pain, and we can prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine as well if needed. Protective footwear, casts, and surgical treatments may be necessary in serious cases.

So before you make that ultimate catch, make a call to the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900.  Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS will be happy to provide you with more information on how to prevent stress fractures, so you can stay in the game.  Visit us online or in Austin, TX, today.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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