Stress Fracture in the Foot

Stress fractures of the bones of the foot can be caused by repetitive stress from training that involves running and jumping on hard ground, by fatigued muscles that are no longer able to absorb shock and stress, by drastic changes to intensive training, or by improper footwear.

Stress fracture can occur in any of the bones of the foot, but it is most common in the metatarsals and the calcaneus. The symptoms may include pain and swelling at the fracture site, pain with weight bearing, and inability to walk.

Dry needling acupuncture is helpful therapy for healing this injury. Needles can be applied directly into the inflamed, tender, swollen, and painful tissue at the fracture site. In addition, the treatment is used to balance the entire musculo-skeletal system. Two treatment sessions per week should be provided.

Stress fracture may be prevented if the muscles are regularly treated and the musculoskeletal system is routinely balanced to reduce stress.

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