What are symptoms of a stress fracture in the forefoot?

Stress fractures develop over time.  They are not typically the result of an injury.  Most stress fractures result from an increase in activity level, either from increasing the intensity or duration of exercise or by starting a program and doing too much too soon after being inactive.


Stress fractures of the metatarsals are commonly seen and may start as an aching in the forefoot area.  Not so bad when you get up but increases in pain and discomfort as the day goes on.  The foot will tend to swell during the day also.  In the morning you may not notice the foot swollen at all, but as you are on your foot the swelling increases and so does the pain.  You may not be able to see the tendons going into the toes due to swelling.  The pain may progress from an annoying ache to a sharp pain, even though you can put weight and walk on the foot.


Early diagnosis is important to get you back on your feet and activities as soon as possible.  Give us a call and let us help you get back to exercising as soon as possible.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle