Metatarsal Stress Fractures

A metatarsal stress fracture is a tiny crack or break in the bone, also known as a microfracture. They are usually the result of repetitive stress or overuse, especially during activities such as running and jumping.

These stress fractures usually occur when there is a sudden increase in activity. This can be in terms of frequency, duration, or intensity. Bones that have been weakened by conditions such as osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis can also develop stress fractures over time.

They occur most commonly in the weight-bearing bones of the foot where there is the highest amount of stress. These are typically the second and third metatarsal bones but may occur elsewhere as well.

Metatarsal Stress Fracture

Metatarsal Stress Fracture


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain where the fracture is located
  • Pain that improves with rest
  • Swelling
  • Possible bruising

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Kardem Kiter

Article by Kardem Kiter, specialist podiatrist at Family Podiatry Centre.

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