Causes of Fractures
Twisting or overextending the foot and/or ankle is a common cause of fractures. When the foot “turns over,” a sprain may occur simultaneously with a fracture. This happens fairly frequently in court sports, especially basketball and tennis, as well as in turf sports such as soccer, football, lacrosse and field hockey.
Other common causes of fractures include the following:
- Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
- Any movement that suddenly places the legs or feet in an unnatural position.
- Repetitive stress to bones in the feet and ankles.
- Systemic issues--osteoporosis, chemotherapy to treat cancer--that weaken bones, making them vulnerable to fracture.