Summer inspires all of us to try new activities. Before you jump on that new bike or try trail running for the first time, make sure you're ready and your feet are too!
Stress fractures of the foot and ankle usually occur when people change their activities — such as by trying a new exercise, suddenly increasing the intensity of their workouts, or changing the workout surface (jogging on a treadmill vs. jogging outdoors). In addition, if osteoporosis or other disease has weakened the bones, just doing everyday activities may result in a stress fracture.
The weight-bearing bones of the foot and lower leg are especially vulnerable to stress fractures because of the repetitive forces they must absorb during activities like walking, running, and jumping. Learn more from AAOS here: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00379
Make an appointment with Dr. Mark Mikhael before starting any new activities so you know your feet are ready and set to go!