The Oakland Athletics seem to not have luck on their side. Brett Anderson, Oakland’s famous pitcher has been injured and will most likely be out for some games for evaluation of his injury. A recent CT scan has shown that the athlete is suffering a stress fracture.
The 25-year-old left handed pitcher, is currently on a 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. According to the reports, Anderson continues to feel soreness on his right ankle during pitching and fielding practice. Last season, the athlete did not have luck on his side when he sat out majority of the season due to being in recovery after a surgery he had.
Dealing with a stress fracture, like Anderson’s can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.
Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:
-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts
Stress Fracture Symptoms
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.
Treating Stress Fractures
- Set a routine regimen for any activities that involve running
- Choose footwear that provides good support
- Take bone-healthy supplements (Vitamin D, Calcium)
- Surgery with supportive pins around the ankle
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