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Posts for tag: Stress Fracture

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 15, 2017
Tags: Stress Fracture   podiatry  

In the medical world, there are scientists and researchers who dedicate their life’s work to specific causes. Some of them focus on cancers whiles others focus on sports related injuries. The types of research range and vary from scientists to scientist. Every piece of research is carefully recorded and stored in hopes of use later in a breakthrough.

One notable area of research that is being conducted is the study of stress fractures to help better prevent injury. This study uses military personnel by the Department of Defense. Although the test base is specific, this study and its findings have made a wave for podiatry as a whole.

In 1997 “Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness” was started to help solve the problem of stress fractures from overuse. The goal of the program was to completely eliminate the possibility of getting a stress fracture.

A stress fracture occurs when the muscles cannot take on an entire strain that the foot is undergoing. The muscle then gives that excess strain to the bones and it causes the bone to crack.

The study started with non-invasive approaches such as advanced x-rays, bone density scans and MRIs. They found that bone density had a direct correlation with the likeliness that an individual would receive a stress fracture. This allowed the scientists and podiatrists to know that the right nutrition for your bones is important to help prevent stress fractures.

The study has not yet concluded but has helped podiatrists all over. This research material and its findings have allowed podiatrists to advise patients on better nutritional habits to help promote bone health and density. Without such research, our feet and those of our military would be all the worse for wear.

Are you constantly on your feet? Are you or do you know a veteran who suffers from a stress fracture? Do not wait to take action - a trained podiatrist can help. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.

History of Stress Fracture does not Stop Willie Cauley-Stein from Joining Sacramento Kings - Brooklyn Podiatrist - Joseph Stuto, DPM

Willie Cauley-Stein from the University of Kentucky got the nod from the Sacramento Kings ending up as the number 6 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. Fellow University of Kentucky center Karl Anthony Towns however, got the top pick overall.

Considered by many as a talented big man, Willie Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1 assist. He was considered a defensive specialist who possessed athleticism on both ends of the floor. His story of a stress fracture however, seemed to dampen some the teams searching for a big man.

Stress Fractures and Basketball Stars

There’s certainly no shortage of big men in this year’s NBA draft or in the teams current rosters, but keeping them healthy is a huge concern among teams. Remember how Yao Ming’s career had to be cut short because of chronic foot problems. With the pressure of constantly running up and down the court and jumping for shots or rebounds, basketball players are prime candidates for stress fractures. Combine this with a 7 foot frame and you’ve got the recipe of a possible foot injury.

Willie Cauley-Stein’s history of a stress fractured suffered earlier in his career seems to have fueled concerns about his long term health. But this was not certainly the case when the Sacramento Kings chose him as the number 6 pick in the draft.

You don’t have to be an athlete. People who practice an active lifestyle or indulge in sports activities are also at high risk for stress fracture. A podiatrist is a foot specialist who can diagnose if you are suffering from a foot injury. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from foot injuries.

Stress Fractures – Things To Look Out For

  • Pain that is alleviated with resting the feet
  • Swelling or tenderness in the feet
  • Bluish skin discoloration
  • Foot deformity

Pain and swelling are the earliest sign of a foot injury. Most stress fractures do not show any symptoms and could only be detected through advance imaging techniques such as MRI.  

At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot injuries. To schedule an appointment call 718-624-7537.