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Walking With a Foot Stress Fracture

A foot stress fracture, a microscopic crack in a bone often caused by repetitive impact or overuse, can significantly alter the way you navigate the world on your feet. Walking with a stress fracture demands a delicate balance between maintaining mobility and allowing the injured foot to heal. Each step becomes a conscious effort to minimize impact and avoid exacerbating the fracture. The process requires patience, as rushing the recovery may prolong the healing time or lead to complications. Choosing appropriate footwear with ample cushioning and support is paramount, providing a protective barrier between the foot and the ground. Embracing a modified walking style, which involves shorter strides and a more controlled gait, may help to alleviate strain on the fractured area. If you believe you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you seek advice from a podiatrist for an exam and appropriate treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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