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Symptoms of Foot Stress Fractures

A stress fracture of the foot is a hairline crack in the bone that begins with minor pain and weakness. This type of injury is common among runners because of the force endured on the metatarsals. Eventually, the discomfort may deepen, spreading to the leg or hip, and become nagging and bothersome. Foot stress fractures can be difficult to diagnose because they can mimic a mild sprain. However, if untreated and regular activities like walking or running continue, the pain can intensify and inhibit normal movement. Unlike complete bone breaks, stress fractures often allow for continued activity. Swelling is not a reliable indicator either, as it's usually minimal or absent. Stress fractures aren't usually accompanied by the bruising or discoloration seen in direct impact injuries. Stress fractures come in different degrees, often related to the affected body part. For instance, heel stress fractures are relatively common and typically heal well. If you suspect a stress fracture, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to prevent further complications and promote optimal healing.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctors of Utica. 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 offices located in Herkimer, and New Hartford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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