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Stress Fracture


Stress Fractures occur when excessive repetitive force is applied to a localized area of bone. Activities such as walking, running, and repeated jumping can subject the bones of the foot to large forces that often lead to microscopic cracks in the bone.

How did I get this?

Generally, it is repetitive stress (i.e. running, marching, sport etc.) although some bone diseases can pre-dispose to thin bones which therefore fracture more easily. In people with osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) there is an increased risk of stress fracture.

What can I do about it?

  • Rest the area and stop sporting activity.
  • Wear good fitting shoes with adequate support and cushioning.
  • Avoid high heels.
  • You can try a protective pad.
  • See a podiatrist.

What help can I get for this?

Podiatrist may advise appropriate shoes, consider prescribing orthotics, consider immobilisation, and advise on surgery.

When will it get better?

In the majority of cases, conservative care allows the bone to heal and normal activity can then be resumed. Surgery is sometimes necessary to stabilise the fracture site which allows longer time to resume activity.