Stress fracture

A stress fracture is a hairline crack in a bone. In some cases, the crack may be so small that it is not visible on an X-ray.

Stress fractures are usually caused by repeated stress on a bone rather than by a specific injury. They can occur in any bone that repeatedly bears weight. For instance, stress fractures in the small bones of the foot are common during intensive training for sports that involve lots of running or jumping. A stress fracture is also more likely to occur in a bone that is not accustomed to or conditioned for a particular activity, such as when a person starts a new sport.
Providence Orthopedic Institute offers professional treatment for adults and children in the following areas: joint reconstruction, revisions, foot and ankle injuries, hand and upper extremity surgery, fracture care, trauma and sports injuries.  We use a variety of assessment and treatment tools to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that is tailored to the needs of each patient.