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Stress Fracture Forces Triathlete to Modify Competition

  • Dr. Bruce Zappan
  • July 28, 2014

Triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale came all the way to Morocco from her homeland of Australia to be a competitor in the 2014 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. Unfortunately for Moana-Veale, once she arrives in Morocoo for the competition she would discover she had a stress fracture in her foot.

This stress fracture wound up preventing Moana-Veale from partaking in the running portion of the race. However, Moana-Veale’s doctors have allowed her to participate in the swimming and cycling portions of the competition. Moana-Veale did go ahead and participate in both segments while her training partner was able to achieve a good standing in the overall competition.

Stress fractures can be very painful. If you sustained a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, speak to podiatrist Dr. Bruce B. Zappan, D.P.M., P.C., of Medical Arts Podiatry Associates. Dr. Zappan can treat your podiatric injuries.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • runners
  • people affected with Osteoporosis
  • play tennis or basketball
  • gymnastics
  • high impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.


The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take longer.

For more information about Stress Fractures in the Feet and Ankles, follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Philadelphia, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.