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Diagnosing and Healing Stress Fractures

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

People who enjoy running and jogging often fear enduring a stress fracture. This is a hairline fracture, a tiny crack in the bone that can gradually develop as a result of repeated force against the bone. Common symptoms of a stress fracture in the foot can include dull pain, mild swelling, and weakness. These symptoms are often ignored, and can become worse if proper healing measures are not implemented. Dedicated runners will often run through the pain, and it may become unbearable to put weight on the affected foot. Stress fractures are generally diagnosed by having an X-ray taken. Once a stress fracture is detected, it is often suggested that you stop running for several weeks. If you have pain in your foot and think that it may be a stress fracture, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. 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 Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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