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Athletes and Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a common athletic injury. It often involves the long bones in the foot that are known as the metatarsal bones. When a stress fracture occurs, which is also referred to as a hairline fracture, it can cause pain and discomfort. It is often difficult to walk on the affected foot, and relief may come from elevating the foot. It can happen when runners increase their speed and distance too fast. Additionally, people who run for long distances at a time may experience a stress fracture. Wearing shoes that fit correctly may decrease the risk of getting this type of fracture. Some people have existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of getting a stress fracture. These can include osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, or a vitamin deficiency. A diagnosis is typically performed by having an X-ray taken, and then proper treatment measures are taken. If you feel you have a stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this ailment.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. 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 one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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