Stress fracture results due to an overuse injury. It is caused when the muscles become fatigued and are not able to absorb added shock. So due to this the fatigued muscle will transfers the excess load of stress to the bone and tiny crack is caused called stress fracture. Stress fractures are occurs because of repetitive application of force, due to overuse like continuously running long distances and jumping up and down. Stress fractures can also occur in a normal bone which has been weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis.
Stress fractures occur most commonly in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Anyone can get stress fracture but it is most common in track and field athletes. The main symptoms of the stress fractures includes the pain that develops gradually, and which increases with weight-bearing activity and reduces during rest, the pain is more severe and usually occurs during normal and daily activities, swelling on the outside of the ankle or top of the foot, tenderness to touch at the site of the fracture or possible bruising.
Last date updated on July, 2014