Stress fractures are a common injury we see especially with nice weather and people getting outdoors. We often see patients that have increased activities like running or hiking and have a sudden onset of foot pain and swelling. Stress fracture can occur in the lower extremity especially the metatarsals. The most common are the 2nd metatarsal or the 5th metatarsal.
Just like Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James who was recently diagnosed with a 5th metatarsal stress fracture. The 5th metatarsal stress fracture can be one of the hardest to heal as this metatarsal is known to have a poor blood supple and receives a lot of force especially with activities like football. Another important part of evaluating for stress fractures is checking the overall foot structure. Certain foot structures are more likely to develop stress fractures. Remember ease into new activities, maintain a good diet and if you have pain and swelling in your feet get to your Podiatrist.