Billy BundLake Forest runner Billy Bund will be participating in a run for Michigan in the fall. For now, he will be taking a break from running after enduring injuries to his foot and hip. "Today's my last day of being on active rest for 10 days. I've been trying to sleep, which I need to work on. Trying to give my mind and body a break. After today I get to start training again,” said Bund.

He became one of the school's most successful runners completing a solid high school career with a fifth place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:14.84) at the state track meet this spring. The stress fracture in his left foot caused Bund to miss two months of his final track season.  "My plan is to give it my best. The only thing you can control is the effort you put into something. I'll do everything I can and see what happens from there," said Bund.

Dealing with a stress fracturelike Bund’s can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha 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)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-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

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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