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.