Rudy Owens of the Houston Astros underwent surgery as a result of a stress fracture he suffered in his left foot. “Even when I first started feeling it, it never hurt when I pitched — only when I’d run,” Owens said. “I tell people I was in the rodeo and I got stepped on by a bull. Other than that I don’t know, it just happened, I guess stress fracture.”
“Foot’s good,” Owens said recently. “I mean, it’s getting there. It gets sore sometimes when I run. I take a few days off of running and it feels good again. So I mean, it’s just up and down with the soreness. But pitching wise, there’s no pain.”
A stress fracture can happen to anyone. If you think you might have suffered a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, one of our podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay can examine your foot or ankle and make the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step, causing the bones to form cracks.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:
- Athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
- Osteoporosis patients
- Those who engage in high-intensity workouts
Stress Fracture Symptoms
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.
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