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Stress fracture of the foot

Skeletal view of foot, with detail of stress fracture in metatarsal bone

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. A stress fracture can occur in any bone that repeatedly bears weight.

Current as of: March 2, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine
Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery