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Children Run Risk of Stress Fractures From High Concentration Sports Training

Children Run Risk of Stress Fractures From High Concentration Sports Training

A sport for many children is essential during childhood and is an enjoyable physical activity while staying fit and healthy. However, young athletes who sustain extreme preparation for particular sports are more likely to suffer from stress fractures.

Athletes as young as 12 or 13 years old are beginning to suffer from fractures and other foot related problems that might be brought with them into adulthood. In the study conducted by Loyola University Medical Center, 70 percent of youngsters were likely to suffer injuries due to overuse of their feet. “We should be cautious about intense specialization in one sport before and during adolescence," said Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, sports medicine physician at Loyola University.

Dealing with a stress fracture can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Jack Gorman of Bux-Mont Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Dr. Gorman can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures are common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles.

Stress factors are most common among:

-runners
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-gymnastics

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in Warminster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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