It feels good to be happy! Friday, March 20, 2015, is the International Day of Happiness—a day to remember, and indulge, the many benefits of being happy. The day is meant to remind people that happiness doesn’t come from fame or buying stuff, but by spending time with family and friends as well as living a healthy life. Happiness and health often go hand in hand. It’s easy to be happy when you’re healthy and harder when you’re in pain with something like a metatarsal stress fracture. Top stress fracture treatment, however, is something worth smiling about: it gets you back on your feet without pain.
A metatarsal stress fracture is a small, thin crack in one of your metatarsal bones. These long, thin bones start in the arch of your foot and attach to your toes at the ball of the foot. They are major weight-bearing support structures. You use them to handle and absorb pressure whenever you stand and push off the ground to walk. Metatarsal stress fractures are overuse injuries that develop in those bones when your feet are overworked. Not only are they painful, but they could easily turn into full breaks under enough pressure.
The happy news is that cracked bones like this are easy to treat—although it does take time. You’ll need to take a break from all hard-impact activities, since they could make the problem worse. Stick to low-impact exercise to stay in shape. Most likely you’ll need to wear supportive shoes or a special boot or cast to reduce the pressure on the lower limb.
Once your bones have mostly healed, you’ll begin rehab to get back to your normal activity levels. Slowly easing back into your activities will help you avoid reinjuring yourself. It will take time to work your way back up to your regular intensity and endurance, but this step is vital for preventing more cracked bones.
Don’t let foot pain or metatarsal stress fractures get you down and frowning. Smile and heal your feet with the right treatment! Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. is here to help. Just call (303) 805-5156 or use our website to make an appointment to take care of your cracked bones today.
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