People who are serious about protecting their foot health ought to be familiar with stress fractures. A stress fracture can affect the bones of the feet and lower legs. It occurs typically when a bone develops a crack or break due to repeated pressure, trauma, or impact. One stress fracture to be aware of is the calcaneal stress fracture. This condition affects the heel bone. There is a wide variety of different symptoms that an individual might experience if they develop a calcaneal stress fracture. Notably, one can experience pain underneath the heel. This pain can worsen when the individual is engaged in weight-bearing activities, such as running, walking, or jumping. Individuals who are particularly at risk for this type of stress fracture include runners and ballet dancers. Stress fractures in the heel can be a serious threat to the health of your feet. Do not take chances, contact a podiatrist if you think you have a calcaneal stress fracture.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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.

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