Stress fractures are incomplete breaks, or hairline cracks, in bone caused by overuse, excessive pounding, twisting and repetitive actions often associated with sports activities. X-rays are used to uncover the presence of a stress fracture. With complete rest, stress fractures in toes or any bones of the foot heal quickly. Extra padding in shoes can help prevent the condition.
Left untreated, stress fractures may become complete bone fractures, which require casting and immobilization. Repeated stress fractures may weaken your foot and make it susceptible to other, more serious fractures.
Don’t take your feet for granted! Talk to your Chiropodist if you suspect you have a stress fracture.