Stress fractures are small cracks or breaks in the bones of the feet that commonly occur in the forefoot area. They are often caused by overuse or overtraining, improper technique or form or change in training surfaces.
These tiny fractures can occur in the feet of men and women of all ages. They are particularly common in those who participate in repetitive exercises, like running. Patients who experience stress fractures will feel pain with activity that subsides as they cease their activity. Because stress fractures can worsen over time, it's important to seek treatment.
Treatment for stress fractures may include rest, switching to a less impactful activity until the fracture heals, custom orthotics and casting.