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Causes of Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. They are caused by repetitive force, often from overuse, such as jumping up and down or running long distances. There are, however, people who have very weak bones and can sustain a stress fracture from low impact activities such as walking. Foot and ankle stress fractures often occur when people begin new activities like hiking or running. They can also take place when people increase the amount of new activity too quickly. The foot and ankle are the most common parts of the body to undergo a stress fracture because we are always on our feet. Stress fractures have the capability to heal on their own if you reduce your level of activity, as well as wear proper protective footwear. If you feel you have a stress fracture it is best to speak with your local podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. 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 Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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