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Foot Pain And Stress Fractures
Stress fractures are common causes of foot pain in Malaysia. To recover, you need a proper diagnosis that follows targeted treatments. Stress fractures are difficult to diagnose in the initial stages as they may not readily be visible to x-rays. If you have difficulty putting weight on your foot, you may have a stress fracture. The most common cause of stress fractures is excessive walking in poor shoes, osteoporosis s, or traumatic injuries. It is a common disorder in the elderly. In younger individuals, it is common among runners and walkers.
Treatment management of the metatarsal stress fractures should include a multi-modal approach addressing each component of the injury. Relative rest from weight-bearing exercises is required to prevent aggravation and re-injury of the stress fracture. An air cast may help reduce the pain if the patient needs to excessively be in a weight-bearing position. Exercises could be re-introduced gradually if the athlete experienced no pain while walking and no tenderness at the fracture site. A progressive rehabilitation exercise program to return the athlete to complete training and competition should be commenced as soon as possible without risking re-injury of the fracture. Foot orthoses may be needed to correct abnormal biomechanics in the joints of the foot. Unusual stress may be imposed on the foot if there is an instability in the bones of the foot.
Metatarsal Stress Fracture
Metatarsals are the second most common location where a stress fracture can occur. The tibia is the most common bone where stress fracture occurs. The neck of the second metatarsal is most commonly involved in stress fractures due to specific reasons. In the pronating foot, the first ray is usually dorsiflexed. This leads to greater force being applied to the second metatarsal.
The second metatarsal is subject to greater force when Morton’s foot is present. Also, the second metatarsal base is firmly fixed in place by adjacent cuneiform bones; this increases the risk of a stress fracture. The likelihood of stress fracture is increased if the third metatarsal is longer than the second. Stress fractures of the metatarsals are prevalent in ballet dancers.
Metatarsal stress fracture usually presents as forefoot pain which is aggravated by activity such as running or dancing. Foot pain and ankle pain may not be as significant initially but may gradually worsen as the activity continues. Focal tenderness may be noted upon examination of the metatarsal. A radiolucent line or periosteal thickening may be reported on the X-rays if the fracture has been there for a few weeks. An isotopic bone scan may confirm the diagnosis if an X-ray is negative.
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Can Chiropractic Care Help Recovery from a Stress Fractures?
Chiropractic treatments are priceless when it comes to spine and joint treatment in Malaysia. However, stress fractures should not be treated through chiropractic care during the initial phase of healing. Once the fractures have been given ample time to heal, usually four weeks, chiropractic care can be helpful to regain proper joint alignment. Also, focused physiotherapy will provide stability for muscles and ligaments.
Chiropractic adjustment in Malaysia by our clinical teams of chiropractors in Kuala Lumpur will help correct restricted joints and restore normal range of motion in the joints of the foot and ankle after the fracture has healed.
The fracture of the base of the second metatarsal affecting the joint is commonly seen in ballet dancers. The treatment for this injury should involve non-weight-bearing rest on crutches for about four to six weeks until the pain and tenderness subside. Chronic joint synovitis may present with similar signs and symptoms and is commonly confused with this fracture.