The metatarsal bones are the long bones in your foot that connect your ankle to your toes. A stress fracture is a break in the bone that happens with repeated injury or stress. Stress fractures are caused by overly stressing the foot when using it in the same way repeatedly.
A stress fracture is different from an acute fracture, which is caused by a sudden and traumatic injury.
Broken foot bone; March fracture; March foot; Jones fracture
About Your Injury
Stress fractures are common in people who:
- Increase their activity level suddenly
- Do activities that put a lot of pressure on their feet, such as running, dancing, jumping, or marching (as in the military)
- Have a bone condition such as osteoporosis (thin, weak bones) or arthritis (inflamed joints)
- Have a nervous system disorder that causes loss of feeling in the feet
Pain is an early sign of a metatarsal stress fracture. The pain may occur:
- During activity, but go away with rest
- Over a wide area of your foot
Over time, the pain will be:
- Present all the time
- Stronger in one area of your foot
The area of your foot where the fracture is may be tender when you touch it. It may also be swollen.