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Causes of Stress Fractures in the Foot

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Stress fractures in the foot are tiny cracks in the bone that happen when your feet are overworked. Unlike regular fractures that occur from a single, severe impact, stress fractures result from repetitive force over time, like running long distances or jumping repeatedly. Athletes and people who dramatically increase physical activity without proper training are more likely to develop stress fractures. After muscles are pushed to a certain point, they become fatigued and place extra stress to the bones, leading to these small cracks. Poor footwear, uneven surfaces, and weak bones from conditions like osteoporosis can increase the risk of developing stress fractures. Pain with stress fractures in the foot often worsens over time and may be experienced as a dull achy feeling. If you have sustained a stress fracture in the foot, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist promptly for treatment. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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