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Causes and Risk Factors of Foot Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are microscopic cracks in bones, and can significantly impact foot health and mobility. These fractures are often the result of repetitive strain and overuse, which can gradually weaken the bones. Athletes, especially runners and dancers, are susceptible to developing a foot stress fracture, as a result of the constant impact on their feet. Sudden increases in activity intensity or duration can also trigger stress fractures. Factors such as wearing improper footwear, inadequate rest between activities, and poor foot structure can lead to a heightened risk of incurring a stress fracture. Additionally, medical conditions such as osteoporosis can reduce bone density, and increase vulnerability. Individuals with certain nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or a history of stress fractures can face an elevated risk. Preventative measures include proper training progression, adequate nutrition, and wearing supportive shoes. If you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer 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 Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. 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 Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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