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Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone, or severe bruising within a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by overuse and repetitive activity, and are common in runners and athletes who participate in running sports, such as soccer and basketball. Weight baring bones in the foot are the most common sites for for stress fractures – in particular the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals in the middle of the foot.

A stress fracture will be painful to touch at the site and with activity, and the pain subsides with rest. There can be swelling or bruising in the area also.

Your Podiatrist can diagnose a suspected fracture and will refer for further tests such as a Radiograph to confirm their diagnosis then follow up with the appropriate treatment plan.