Holiday Stress and Stress Fractures

Do you feel stressed during this time of year around the holidays? Do you feel that you have to go shopping, buy many gifts, and then carry them around while you do more shopping? This is what many people do which is vastly different from their everyday activities.

This puts them at a greater risk of developing a stress fracture in their foot. When activity levels increase rapidly, or carrying more weight for periods of time, can cause increase stress and forces to the bones in the foot and may weaken them. This causes them to fracture or break, which will result in the foot swelling and there being pain noted on weight bearing. Often times the foot is not swollen in the morning, however, it becomes more swollen and painful as the day progresses and you are on your foot. Day by day the foot gets worse, both swelling and with pain.

If you have to do a lot of shopping, wear good supportive shoes and take breaks periodically. Try and have a cart to carry the purchases so you are not adding extra weight that your body has to support. Take it easy the next day to help relieve the stress.

If this is happening to you, see your podiatrist for care. The earlier treatment is started, the quicker you will be back on the road to recovery. 

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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