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TX PODIATRIST DISCUSSES STRESS FRACTURES OF THE FOOT

 

 

 

 

Stress fractures of the foot are becoming more common in runners, especially first-time marathoners, according to San Antonio, Texas foot and ankle surgeon Eddie Davis, DPM. “Runners who increase their mileage too quickly or change to a more intense phase of training may be more susceptible to a stress fracture due to the increased force placed on the bones,” says Dr. Davis. 

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Dr. Eddie Davis

“A general rule of thumb for runners is to increase the mileage by no more than 10 percent each week. Runners who are training also need to have adequate rest time in between runs to help decrease the risk of a fracture.” If a break is suspected, Dr. Davis advises runners to immediately follow the RICE protocol—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If pain and swelling last longer than a few days, an appointment for imaging and a diagnosis is in order. 

Source: Tucson News Now [2/13/18] Courtesy of Barry Block, PM News.  Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

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