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A Stress Fracture Happens Gradually

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

A stress fracture is an injury that gradually develops. It is a common ailment among runners and can happen from overuse. The repetitive motion of running may cause the bones to weaken from the constant pounding on the running surface, causing the foot to become weak. Some of the symptoms that are associated with a stress fracture can consist of an aching pain in the affected area and can occur when training begins or intensity increases. The pain may also be present when the foot is rested, and after appropriate measures are taken for relief. It is beneficial to practice warm-up and cool-down techniques before and after running, in addition to slowly increasing speed and mileage. A stress fracture may be treated by temporarily stopping the activity that caused the condition, and wearing a protective boot may aid in mobility. If you have pain in your foot, and think you may have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat the problem.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. 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 Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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