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How to Diagnose a Stress Fracture

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

A stress fracture in the foot is often referred to as a hairline fracture. It generally develops gradually, and can come from repetitive overuse. Many runners experience stress fractures, and this can cause severe pain and discomfort while running or jogging. Additionally, they may happen if medical conditions exist, which can consist of osteoporosis, bunions, or tendonitis. This condition is generally diagnosed by having a physical examination performed, which may include having an X-ray taken. Many stress fractures will heal over time when the affected foot is elevated and the activity that caused the condition is temporarily ceased. It is beneficial to wear shoes that are supportive, in addition to protecting the feet. If you feel you have endured a stress fracture of the foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. 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 Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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