Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle in Athletes

  • Amol Saxena
  • George Tye Liu
  • Brian W. Fullem
  • Marque A. Allen


Stress fractures of the foot and ankle can be a source of significant disability and rapid deconditioning of the high-performance athlete, resulting in lost time in competitive play and training. Additionally, complications such as nonunions or delayed unions prolong the time for healing and can be a career-altering event. Certain anatomical regions in the foot and ankle are prone to fracture, delayed union and nonunion, along with re-fracture. Due to the high-demand of athletic and active patients, surgery is often recommended for specific injuries. The most well-known and notorious injuries involved are “Jones” fractures, proximal fifth metatarsal stress fractures, Navicular stress fractures; less common but equally debilating are medial malleolar stress fractures.


Stress Fracture Cannulated Screw Talonavicular Joint Plantar Aponeurosis Medial Cuneiform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amol Saxena
    • 1
  • George Tye Liu
    • 2
  • Brian W. Fullem
    • 3
  • Marque A. Allen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Sports MedicinePAFMG-Palo Alto DivisionPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  3. 3.TampaUSA
  4. 4.Texas Center for AthletesSan AntonioUSA

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