Columbus East Sophomore Overcomes Stress Fracture

broken-footColumbus East sophomore Lizzy Frazier suffered a stress fracture in her ankle and shin while cross-country running and had to recover in a walking boot for about 9 weeks. Frazier is now “one of the top swimmers on the Olympians squad,” which competed at the Hoosier Hill Conference. Frazier, however, doesn’t let any injuries stop her from working her hardest. Although “she couldn’t run, Frazier was able to swim. She was in the pool two days after the cross-country season ended.”

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • runners
  • people affected with Osteoporosis
  • play tennis or basketball
  • gymnastics
  • high impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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