Childrens Podiatry | Fracture And Stress Fracture: What’s The Difference?
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Fracture And Stress Fracture: What’s The Difference?

14 Nov 2016 Fracture And Stress Fracture: What’s The Difference?


The terms Fracture and Stress Fracture often get thrown around as a possible diagnosis but more often the not we don’t really understand the difference between these two terms. A Fracture occurs as a result of one serious injury which often results in a complete break in the bone. Whereas Stress Fractures occur as a result of repeated trauma/stress, often due to overuse to the same area resulting in an incomplete break of the bone.

What causes a Fracture to occur?

  • A bad fall
  • Accidents I.e. car
  • Age-reduced bone strength
  • Children with physically active lifestyles
  • Illnesses, which may weaken the bones such as osteoporosis, infection and tumour
  • Repeated stress


After competing in multiple short distance running events, you’ve started to experience a mild discomfort around the medial aspect of your left foot. Over the last few weeks this mild discomfort has progressed to a constant dull achy pain that tends to keep you awake at night. You mention that you have a big race coming up in a few weeks’ time and after attempting to undertake some training you find yourself unable to place weight on the injured area with markedly noticeable swelling around the affected area. After palpating, undertaking joint range of motion and muscle testing it was found a significant amount of pain occurring around the navicular joint.

If your child has experienced any discomfort in their feet come and visit us today at Children’s Podiatry for an assessment. Phone bookings can be made by calling our friendly reception staff on (03) 8645 9845 or alternatively you can make an online booking here.