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Causes and Symptoms of Stress Fractures

Stress fractures occur as small hairline fractures that form after repetitive stress or injury and gradually get worse. Some examples of this repetitive stress include running, marching, and various sports such as basketball and soccer. Some signs of a stress fracture include significant pain, swelling, difficulty walking or exercising, and pain during activities. X-rays will be needed in order to make a proper diagnosis, and in some cases, more detailed scans will be necessary. In order to properly treat a stress fracture in the foot, it is important to consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to assess the injury and determine what steps will need to be taken for the fracture to heal correctly.    

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot 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 our offices located in Bend, OR. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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