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How Do Stress Fractures Happen?

A stress fracture develops gradually from repetitive motions. This can come from participating in sporting activities that involve running and jumping, or from walking for extended periods of time. The medical condition that is known as osteoporosis may diminish the strength of the bones, and tiny cracks may appear in the feet. Research has indicated this may be prevalent among women as the aging process occurs. Additional reasons why stress fractures can occur may be linked to obesity, improper muscle alignment, or from taking specific medication that may weaken the bones. Effective treatment options can include elevating the foot which may help to reduce any existing swelling, in addition to wrapping the foot to provide adequate support. If you have endured a stress fracture, please speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Jim Maxka from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 office located in Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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