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Definition and Causes of Foot Stress Fractures

Foot stress fractures, although often underestimated, can pose significant challenges to individuals, particularly those engaged in high-impact activities or sports. These fractures occur when excessive and repetitive stress is placed on the bones of the foot, leading to small cracks or fissures. Common causes of foot stress fractures include sudden increases in physical activity, wearing inadequate footwear, improper training techniques, and underlying conditions such as osteoporosis or nutritional deficiencies. Athletes and military personnel, who frequently engage in activities that subject their feet to repetitive stress, are especially susceptible to stress fractures. Symptoms of foot stress fractures typically include localized pain, swelling, tenderness, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. If left untreated, stress fractures can worsen over time and lead to more severe complications. Therefore, early recognition of symptoms and prompt medical evaluation are essential for effective treatment and prevention of further injury. If you have endured a stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. 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 offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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