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Understanding,Stress Fractures of the Foot

A foot stress fracture is a hairline crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or overuse. This common injury primarily affects the weight-bearing bones of the foot, such as the metatarsals. Athletes, runners, and those who engage in high-impact activities are particularly susceptible. Common symptoms of a stress fracture of the foot can include a gradual onset of pain that worsens during activities and eases with rest. Swelling surrounding the affected area often accompanies a stress fracture, it may be tender when touched. Some people that develop stress fractures may notice bruising near the fracture site, and it can be difficult to walk. The pain often subsides with rest but can return when activities resume. Early diagnosis is crucial in preventing further damage. Treatment typically involves rest, immobilization with a cast or brace, and modified activity. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you have developed a stress fracture.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then 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. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating 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
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • 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 high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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