Foot Pain

Metatarsal Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone most commonly caused by overuse from high impact sports or activities. Bones of the foot that are commonly injured include the navicular, cuboid, cuneiforms and the second and third metatarsals.

Signs and symptoms of a stress fracture often include localised pain over the area, increased pain with weight bearing and a gradual onset of pain.

Stress fractures are often difficult to see via plain X-ray therefore diagnosis may be through clinical assessment by your physiotherapist or doctor, an MRI or bone scan.

Relative rest (avoiding the aggravating activity) is a key component to recovering from stress fractures, accompanied with soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisation and strengthening.