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Key Facts About Foot Stress Fractures

Foot stress fractures are tiny cracks, usually found in the long bones of the foot, that result from repetitive force or overuse. These fractures often occur in athletes and individuals who engage in high-impact activities like running or jumping. Risk factors can include a sudden increase in activity intensity, wearing improper footwear, and conditions like osteoporosis that weaken bones. Stress fractures develop when muscles become fatigued and lose their ability to absorb shock, transferring the impact to the bones. Common sites for these fractures are the metatarsal bones, which bear significant weight during movement. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, and tenderness that worsen with activity. Early diagnosis is vital for healing and preventing further complications. If you have foot pain after bouts of exercise, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat stress fractures.

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

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