Everyone probably remembers the old adage, “Step on a crack; break your mother’s back.” We hate to drop a Neil Degrasse Tyson-like truth bomb on this, but no mother has ever injured her back after her progeny landed on a small fissure in the sidewalk. If you want to worry about stepping on cracks, they should be the ones that can form inside your foot: stress fractures.
A stress fracture is a tiny crack that has developed in a bone, often through repetitive force. This force often comes as a result of overuse during physical activity, such as distance running or dancing, when too much stress is placed on the bone than it has time to recover from. Other factors, however, can also cause a bone to weaken and become more susceptible to cracking. These include osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, and certain medications, among others.
The pain of a stress fracture can build over the course of activity, but subside with rest. Ignoring the pain and pushing forward with activity can have very detrimental effects. Just as with placing more stress on any cracked surface, you run a very high risk of causing deeper cracks and even breaking the bone completely.
If you suspect you might have a stress fracture, put yourself on immediate rest from impactful activities and give us a call at Family Foot Care & Surgery. Dr. Sanjay Patel and our friendly staff will help you determine the extent of the injury and determine the best course of action to get you back to full activity as quickly and as safely as possible. Schedule an appointment by calling either of our two area offices: (203) 288-4055 for Hamden or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.