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Metatarsal Stress Fracture

The metatarsals are the five long bones in the middle of the foot. They connect the ankle to the toes. A stress fracture is a small break in a metatarsal bone, usually caused by overuse. The second and third metatarsals are the most common sites for a stress fracture to develop in the foot.

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Navicular Stress Fracture

The navicular is a small, boat-shaped bone located at the top of the middle part of the foot. The navicular helps connect the ankle bone to the cuneiform bones lower in the foot. A stress fracture is a tiny break in the bone that’s usually caused by overuse. The navicular can become easily fractured due to its location, where it absorbs intense pressure, particularly with athletes who play high impact sports.

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Metatarsalgia is a term for pain and inflammation of the ball of the foot. The condition is especially common among athletes who play high impact sports due to the stress they place on the balls of their feet when running and jumping

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Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma, also called interdigital neuritis, is characterized by sharp pain in the ball of the foot that is often worse when wearing tight footwear. A neuroma is a benign growth on a nerve. In the foot, a neuroma develops when the tissue surrounding one of the nerves that leads to the toes becomes thick. This oftentimes creates a sensation when standing and/or walking that you are walking on a marble or a pebble. Ninety percent of cases of Morton’s neuroma occur between the third and fourth toes

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We suggested this condition because you mentioned these symptoms:

This is not a medical diagnosis. If you are in extreme pain, please dial 911 or go to emergency.

Does your foot or ankle hurt?


Where does it hurt?

Middle foot

Do you recall an injury?


Is there swelling?


Have you recently increased your exercise?


Do you have to stop exercising because of pain?


Does it hurt more in the morning?


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