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Stress fracture

A stress facture in an incomplete crack in the bone caused by overuse. A foot that is not structurally sound is prone to developing stress fractures. Even a normal foot can easily develop a stress fracture from repetitive use; symptoms may include pain, redness and swelling. 


  • Overuse or strain of the foot
  • Medical conditions such as osteoporosis
  • Medications such a steroids
  • Sudden increased activity level.

What can you do?

  • Use cold compresses or ice
  • Get complete rest
  • Elevate your feet.
  • Stay off your feet.

What might a podiatrist do?

  • Perform a physical examination
  • Take an x-ray and future exams as needed.
  • Immobilize or cast the foot/leg
  • Prescribe custom orthotics for long-term control and prevention
  • Prescribe medications when indicated.