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Risk of Foot Stress Fractures in Runners

The popularity of running for fitness and exercise has led to a rise in stress fractures of the foot. These injuries are often seen in first-time runners who enter races with inadequate or improper training. The repetitive impact of running can cause hairline fractures in the foot bones, especially when mileage is increased too quickly or training becomes more intense without sufficient rest. Runners at all levels risk stress fractures if they wear unsuitable shoes, have flat feet or bunions, or osteoporosis. Symptoms of a stress fracture include pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. Pain often subsides after activity. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for proper healing to prevent the fracture from progressing to a complete break. Runners can reduce their risk of stress fractures by wearing supportive athletic shoes and gradually increasing their activity levels. If you are experiencing foot pain after running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. 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 office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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