One Direction Star’s Mysterious Foot Fracture

Niall Horan shows off his fractured-foot accessory on stage in MontrealIt’s been a rough couple of months for swoon-worthy boy band One Direction—first, Zayn Malik abandoned ship; then band-mate Louis Tomlinson announced his ex-fling was having his baby; THEN the band announced it would take an indefinite hiatus as of March 2016 and, after that, lead crooner Harry Styles got hit in the face with a red bull last week. Mid performance.

As if all that weren’t bad enough for the boys from Britain, who got their start on Simon Cowell’s  The X Factor, there was more trouble in evidence this weekend in Montreal. When Niall Horan took the stage Saturday night, he was wearing a walking boot on his foot. In an online video, the 21-year-old star revealed: “I woke up before the show the other day and I had a pain in my foot. Then I went to get an X-ray today and I’ve got a fractured right foot and I don’t know how.”

While that may sound impossible, breaking your foot without knowing how is actually more common than you’d think. Many injuries, like stress fractures, don’t come about as a result of one traumatic incident. Instead, they are the result of repetitive forces striking the same spot in your foot or ankle, ultimately causing your bone to break. If you have ever had a stress fracture, you may never have figured out the exact cause of the final break.

While the tipping point in stress fractures may be hard to pinpoint, the over-arching problem is never that hard to find. Most stress fractures are overuse injuries—you get them when you run too much, stand all day for your job or put any type of pressure on the same part of your body over and over again.

Fortunately, these types of injuries can often be avoided, as long as you listen to your body. At the first sign of foot pain, take a break from your regular strenuous activities and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider. A week on the couch is a whole lot better than spending a month (or more) in a cast or walking boot, don’t you think? I bet Niall Horan would agree!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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