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Definition and Causes of a Foot Stress Fracture

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Foot stress fractures are common injuries that can significantly impact daily life and physical activities. It's essential to understand the basics of these fractures to prevent and manage them effectively. Stress fractures occur due to repetitive stress on the bones, often seen in athletes and runners, especially those who suddenly increase their activity levels. They are tiny cracks in the bone that can be difficult to detect initially, as symptoms may start mild and gradually worsen. Common signs include localized pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. Resting and elevating the affected foot is crucial in the early stages of managing a stress fracture. Seeking prompt medical attention and avoiding weight-bearing activities can prevent further damage. Wearing proper footwear, implementing gradual exercise progression, and incorporating rest days into the routine are essential preventive measures. Understanding foot stress fractures empowers individuals to take proactive steps in maintaining foot health and avoiding potential complications. If you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor 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 office located in Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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