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Individuals at Risk of Experiencing Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Stress fractures can occur in the metatarsal bones of the foot when these bones undergo persistent stress, pressure, or trauma. As a result of the stress fracture, patients may experience heightened levels of pain. The condition may take anywhere from four to twelve weeks to fully heal after being treated. For treatment, some patients may have to wear special footwear or casts underneath the knee. There are several different groups of people that are more likely to experience a stress fracture. For example, women are more prone to developing stress fractures. Additionally, individuals that spend a significant part of the work day completing physical activities on their feet are prone to stress fractures. This group of people includes dancers, food servers, and hair stylists. Lastly, people with underlying bone conditions such as osteoporosis might be more susceptible to this condition because their bones are thinner and weaker. If you fall into one of these categories, then you should be especially mindful of the risk of developing stress fractures. Contact a podiatrist for more information. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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