STRESS FRACTURE – Leg Fracture Due to pressure is a small crack in the bone that often occurs due to excessive long-term impact.
In runners, the bones of the middle foot (metatarsal) is very sensitive to this type of fracture. The most commonly affected bones are the bones on 3 toes in the middle.
Metatarsal bone of the big toe is relatively immune to injury because it was bigger and stronger, while the metatarsal bone of the little toe is usually protected by the greatest pressure channeled to the thumb and the finger next to it.
Causes Of Stress Fracture
Risk factors for foot fracture pressure is:
- A high arch foot
- Lack of exercise shoes absorb shock
- An increase in the number and intensity of exercise suddenly.
Symptoms Of Stress Fracture
The main symptom is pain in the front of the foot, which usually occurs during long or strenuous exercise.
At first, the pain disappears within a few seconds after the exercise is stopped.
If the practice continues, the pain will come back feel and lasts longer after exercise stopped.
In the end, the pain causing the patient can not be run and the pain still felt even in a resting state.
The area around the broken bone may experience swelling.
Diagnosis Of Stress Fracture
Diagnosis is based on symptoms and physical examination.
If touched, it hurt.
These fractures are very delicate so it is often not visible on x-rays.
X-rays can show the presence of tissue (callus) that forms around the fracture at the time of 2-3 weeks after injury, as a sign of bone healing.
Bone scanning help to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatments For Stress Fracture
Patients should not be run until the fracture healed, but other sports are still permissible.
After the fracture has healed, to help prevent recurrence, should be used athletic shoes to absorb shock and running on a soft surface (eg grass).
If done mounting casts, then after 1-2 weeks of cast must be removed to prevent the weakening of muscles.
Healing period usually takes 3-12 weeks, but in old age or poor health status, it may take a longer time.
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