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The Anatomy of a Foot Stress Fracture

A foot stress fracture is a common injury resulting from repetitive strain and overuse of the bones in the foot. Unlike acute fractures caused by sudden trauma, stress fractures develop gradually due to the cumulative effect of repetitive stress on the bones, often stemming from activities like running, jumping, or prolonged standing. These microcracks typically occur in weight-bearing bones, such as the metatarsals, and can lead to localized pain, swelling, and tenderness. Foot stress fractures are particularly prevalent among athletes and individuals engaged in high-impact activities. Recognizing the symptoms, which may mimic other foot conditions, is essential for an accurate diagnosis and timely intervention. Rest, along with wearing proper footwear and a gradual return to activity, forms the cornerstone of treatment. If you have endured a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and offer the treatment method that is best for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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