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Stress Fractures During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

When an individual endures a foot stress fracture, they are essentially developing tiny cracks in the bones of their feet. Importantly, these stress fractures can result from overuse. Stress fractures in the feet can have several different causes. One of the possible causes is pregnancy. Although it is admittedly rare, a pregnant woman may develop osteoporosis, which is a condition that weakens the bones. It is possible that osteoporosis could then cause a stress fracture. Additionally, women can sometimes gain weight as they bring a baby to term. This weight gain can increase the likelihood of the development of stress fractures. If you are or thinking about becoming pregnant, you can talk with a podiatrist today to learn about the ways you can guard your feet against stress fractures.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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