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Stress Fractures Can Happen in Different Parts of the Foot

A stress fracture of the foot can wreak havoc on completing daily activities. It is considered to be a hairline fracture and occurs as a result of overuse from frequently running. The pain from a stress fracture may begin as achiness, and many avid runners tend to ignore this. This can gradually develop into having severe pain, which may force the patient to temporarily cease the offending activity. Stress fractures of the foot are divided into four categories. A metatarsal stress fracture, considered to be the most common, happens in the second metatarsal. Additionally, stress fractures may occur in the heel, sesamoid, and navicular bones, all of which cause pain and discomfort. Stress fractures may also happen from increasing speed and distance too quickly, or running on uneven surfaces. After a diagnosis is performed, which typically involves having an X-ray or other imaging test taken, proper treatment can begin. If you feel you have a stress fracture, it is strongly advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can fit you with a protective boot, and prescribe custom-made orthotics, if necessary.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Health 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 office located in Rogers and Berryville, AR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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