Stress fracture prevention involves keeping your feet well-supported and avoiding overuse. Bones crack and develop stress fractures when biomechanical issues prevent your feet from absorbing shock and pressure correctly. They can be linked to muscle weakness or exhaustion, too. Here are some of the most effective ways to prevent a stress fracture.
Make sure your shoes support your feet in the ways that you need it, and aren’t too worn out. You might need orthotics to add support or correct biomechanical issues.
Cross-train regularly and use strength-building exercises to give your feet a break from hard impacts while still building them up.
Condition your feet for any change to your normal routine, too, by easing into it slowly. This allows your lower limbs to get used to the different stressors and avoid becoming overworked.
If you’d like help building foot strength, or you’re concerned you already have a stress fracture, contact the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can make an appointment online, or by calling or faxing: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler office.