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Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Stress fractures are common injuries to the bones of the legs and feet, resulting from repetitive stress rather than sudden injury. These hairline cracks in the bone affect athletes, including runners, basketball players, or dancers. Pain from stress fractures is particularly felt during weight-bearing activities and direct pressure on the bone. They may be difficult to diagnose as the pain often subsides when activity stops. Because they do not always show up on an  X-ray, further diagnostic tests, like CT or MRI scans may be needed. Left untreated, stress fractures in the feet or ankles can worsen, leading to more severe complications. Seeking timely medical attention from a podiatrist is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment tailored to individual needs. This facilitates pain relief, promotes healing, and prevents further damage. If you are experiencing symptoms suggestive of a stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. 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 Marlton and Delran, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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