Stress fractures are common in foot and ankle bones because people continually place force on their feet by standing, walking, running and jumping. 

What causes a stress fracture?

  • Practicing incorrect training or sport technique 
  • Doing repetitive activity in high-impact sports such as basketball, tennis, dance, gymnastics.
  • Wearing improper footwear 
  • Low vitamin D level 
  • Medical conditions
  • Overweight
  • Aging 

What are symptoms of a stress fracture?

  • Pain or swelling
  • Aching
  • Tenderness of the bone 
  • Pain after starting and during any activities


  • Physical examination by preferred examination
  • Xray
  • MRI


  • Stop any activities that are causing the pain
  • Apply ice to sensitive area 
  • Moderate amount of rest (up to 6 weeks)
  • Wrap and cast the affected foot and ankle 
  • Physical therapy is recommended
  • Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication
  • Adjust position of leg (elevate position) to help reduce swelling and pain
  • Begin using protective footwear to reduce swelling
  • Begin using crutches to keep weight off the affected area

We, United Foot and Ankle, strive to give our patients the best treatment options. If you or any loved ones are experiencing similar symptoms, please feel free to contact us at (732) 979-2035. We are located in East Brunswick, Keyport, Perth Amboy, and Bayonne. We look foward to seeing you.




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