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What Causes a Stress Fracture?

Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

Research has shown that when bones in the foot endure repeated impact, the result may be a stress fracture. The muscles and tendons may become overworked, and a small crack may appear in the bones. The name of the bones that a stress fracture may most likely occur in is the second and third metatarsals of the foot, and this may be due to the fact that they are longer and thinner than the first metatarsal, which may enable a break to happen easier. This type of fracture will typically appear in the bones of the foot because they bear the weight of the body. Many people who participate in specific sports including volleyball, soccer, or tennis may experience stress fractures, which may be a result of not stretching the muscles properly before engaging in these sports. The symptoms that are associated with this type of injury may include pain and discomfort while walking or running, tenderness when touched, in addition to bruising and swelling. If you feel you may possibly have a stress fracture in your foot, it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so correct treatment can begin.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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