If you walk in shoes that do not absorb shock or run on hard surfaces, you may experience a painful stress fracture. Small cracks in your bone, stress fractures often occur on the front part of the foot, at your second and third metatarsals. Caused by repetitive trauma to your feet, stress fractures can leave you feeling tender and sore. In order to properly heal, stress fractures require you to rest; elevating your foot can help with inflammation too.*
Avoid high-heels and flip flops which throw off your weight distribution and provide little shock absorption, respectively. After you’ve healed, continue to care for yourself by engaging in low-impact activities like swimming, biking or rowing.
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