Athlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale of Australia was the recipient of disappointing news just before starting her race at this year’s Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. A message from her physician revealed that the results of her most recent MRI indicated Moana-Veale had sustained a stress fracture in her foot. If she continued the race and ran it, her condition would only worsen.
While unfortunately unable to participate in the triathlon’s final running section, Moana-Veale was given special permission from her doctor to compete in the cycling and swimming sections of the race. The triathlete completed these portions to the best of her ability, in spite of ultimately having to pull out of the competition.
Excessive activity and training can cause stress fractures to occur in many athletes. If you have sustained a stress fracture and are seeking medical treatment, consult with podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-high impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.
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