Runners and Stress Fractures

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Stress fractures are a common occurrence among people who enjoy running. A stress fracture, also known as a hairline fracture, generally occurs due to excessive strain on the foot bones. Stress fractures may result from increasing speed or distance too quickly and can be a runner's worst nightmare. The number of stress fractures may be reduced when good running shoes are worn, in addition to stretching the feet before and after running. Many runners experience an emotional condition that is known as runner’s blues. This may happen from the inability to run as the healing process occurs. This can take several weeks, depending on how severe the fracture is. Many people choose to use crutches as this can help restore mobility. If you have foot pain, please consult a podiatrist who can determine if a stress fracture has occurred and can offer you treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact John McGhan, DPM from Gold Canyon Foot & Ankle. 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 Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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