Stress fractures can occur for many different reasons; for example over training or metabolic reasons.
are two groups of bone cells that are responsible for bone turnover. One group
breaks bone down osteoclasts and the other builds it up osteoblasts. Both the
bone reduction and bone production needs to be in harmony with each other when
that balance is disrupted, the rate of break down overrides the rate of
build-up and the bone can become weakened. This is the mechanism of osteoporosis
and osteopenia as well. Typically, this occurs in the second and third toes.
Symptoms of a stress fracture include tenderness over the middle or just behind the toes on the metatarsal (long foot bone), which can produce moderate swelling on the top of the foot.
pressure or weight bearing can be very painful, and often people will have
continued pain with rest. Initial X-rays are negative because the stress
fracture is so small.
ortho will take repeat films at three to four weeks to see if the body has
started to develop a callous along that stress fracture. If that isn’t visible
and pain persists, a bone scan or MRI may be warranted.
fractures are best managed with ice, decreased loading or non-weight-bearing,
and casting in severe cases.
bones of the foot need to absorb external forces from our day to day life style
choices like walking, running, jumping or sporting activities you may
choose to partake in.
considering the amount of weight or forces applied to your bones and muscle we
need consider that ground reaction forces increase not only with mass but with
acceleration and deceleration.
12 times the weight of the body may be generated with each step; and the bones,
joints, muscles, and ligaments need to cushion the body against that force.
With that in mind we can now start to understand why even a small fracture in
the foot of leg can be extremely painful.
Symptoms of a stress fracture may
include pain and swelling, particularly with weight bearing on the injured
Stress fractures commonly occur in the
following body locations:
- metatarsal bones of the foot
- navicular bone in the foot
- calcaneus (heel bone)
- tibia fibula (shin bones)
- femur (thigh bone)
is normally in a balance or homeostasis (homeo= same + stasis=standing still),
meaning that the natural turnover of bone cells is in balance between
osteoclast activity (bone breakdown) and osteoblast activity (bone creation).
bone is under excessive load or experiences trauma, microscopic damage can be caused.
Osteoclast cells are stimulated to absorb bone the damaged bone from the
injured site. Providing sufficient time has passed before the next injury
occurs, osteoblast cells produce more bone cells to heal the damaged area.
there is not enough time for the osteoblasts to produce more bone cells in the
injured area; the micro fractures can join together to form a large enough area
to cause a stress fracture.
fractures or breaks giving you problems? If you live in Newmarket, Wilston
or Herston & need help contact Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy today
on 07 3352 5116
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