Stress fractures are tiny hairline breaks that can occur in the bones of the foot. Such fractures often result from overuse. Other attributing factors can include improper training habits, training on uneven surfaces, improper shoes, flatfoot, osteoporosis, and other foot deformities. If left untreated, these tiny breaks can lead to a complete break. Typical symptoms of stress fractures include pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. A fracture can occur anywhere in the foot and is best diagnosed with the aid of x-rays or other imaging types. Treatment options include rest and possible immobilization. In some cases, surgery is warranted.
“Pain that intensifies during normal activities, as well as swelling on the top of the foot and tenderness to the touch, can be indicative of a stress fracture. Pain typically diminishes during rest.”