Stress fractures are an overuse injury that can occur in several of the 26 bones of the foot, or the long leg bones. They are caused by repeated, low-level stress to the bones as opposed to other fractures that occur due to a sudden, severe impact.
This repeated stress can be due to an increase in exercise level, worn shoes, abnormal walking or running pattern, or tired muscles. Pain will usually occur during activity and will remain through the duration of the activity.
The most important aspects of treatment for a stress fracture are: rest and removal of all impact from the bone, generally for 6 to 8 weeks. Stress fractures do not simply go away.
Your podiatrist can help ascertain the cause of a stress fracture and devise a treatment plan to address this cause. Following recovery, a very controlled return to activity is required to allow the bone to re-strengthen and adapt to the force being applied to it.