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Anatomy of Foot Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones, often seen in the feet due to repetitive stress. Two main types of these fractures exist, consisting of fatigue fractures from overuse and insufficiency fractures in weakened bones. Common in weight-bearing bones like the metatarsals, these fractures result from activities like running and jumping. Symptoms can include localized foot pain and swelling. Diagnosis through imaging is essential. Relief involves rest, reducing impact on the feet, and sometimes using supportive devices, such as crutches or braces. If you have endured a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners 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 offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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