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What Are the Reasons for Stress Fractures to Develop?

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 00:00

The most common reason for a stress fracture to develop is from overuse and participating in repetitive activities. Sporting events that require frequent running and jumping may cause stress fractures to gradually occur and this may cause pain and discomfort. Many patients may feel mild symptoms immediately following this type of injury and choose to ignore them. This can cause the stress fracture to worsen and the symptoms to intensify. People may also find if they increase the speed and duration of their training too quickly, a stress fracture may result from not gradually increasing speed and distance. Additionally, this type of ailment may occur from an abnormal foot structure or from wearing shoes that do not fit properly. If you incur this type of injury, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist when signs and symptoms first arise as there are several treatment options available.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor 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 The Woodlands and Woodville, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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