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Foot Stress Fracture Symptoms

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Foot stress fractures, though difficult to recognize, can have a significant impact on daily life. Stress fractures, often caused by repetitive impact and overuse, cause localized pain in the affected foot. This pain typically worsens during weight-bearing activities but subsides with rest. Swelling and tenderness surrounding the injury site are common, sometimes accompanied by bruising. It is important to note that symptoms can be gradual, with pain developing over time as opposed to a sudden onset. As stress fractures can occur in various foot bones, the specific location of pain can offer insights into the affected area. Seeking professional medical evaluation from a podiatrist for persistent or worsening symptoms is important to prevent long-term complications. If feel you may have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can conduct an exam and prescribe treatment methods that are correct for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Richard DiMario from Maine. 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 our office located in York, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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