Stress fractures occur when small cracks form in the bone or severe bruising within the bone. Overuse and repetitive activity are the most common causes of stress fractures. Runners, athletes who participate in running sports, and jobs requiring standing for long periods are prone to stress fractures and overuse.
Stress fractures can develop over time gradually or when there is a sudden change in activity such as a new training routine or increased intensity. Diseases that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis, can produce stress fractures from everyday normal activity.
The bones of the feet and lower leg are especially vulnerable to stress fractures since they bear the weight of our bodies and absorb shock from activities like running walking and jumping.

Signs and Symptoms:
The most common symptom of a stress fracture in the foot or ankle is pain. It can develop gradually or worsen with activity.

  • Pain that diminishes during rest
  • Pain that occurs and intensifies during normal, daily activities
  • Swelling on the top of the foot or on the outside of the ankle
  • Tenderness to touch at the site of the fracture
  • Possible bruising

Ignoring pain can result in worsening symptoms and even a more severe break, so if you experience these symptoms make an appointment with our foot and ankle specialist to determine the best treatment options.

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