Stress Fractures What is a stress fracture? A stress fracture is caused by overuse, typically from participating in sports that require a great deal of running and jumping. This injury occurs when the muscles in the foot are overworked and no longer able to absorb shock like they are supposed to. When this takes place, the muscles shift weight onto bones, which then crack under pressure. What are the symptoms of stress fractures? One of the most prominent signs of a stress fracture is pain in the foot when trying to take part in sports or simply walk for an extended period of time. In most cases, the pain will start off rather mild, but if it goes untreated for too long, this injury can lead to an increased soreness, especially when moving around. You may also notice some swelling near the injury as well. How do we treat stress fractures? The most important facet of treatment when it comes to stress fractures is making sure to get plenty of rest and to stay off the feet. If patients with this injury choose to carry on with their daily lives and don’t make any adjustments, they are at risk of developing more serious stress fractures that can lead to chronic issues with the feet. Our team will also work with you strengthen the muscles in your legs so that they can begin taking on the stress and weight placed on them and no longer transfer that over to the delicate bones in your feet.