March Fracture

Marching fracture/Stress fracture

A marching fracture or stress fracture in the foot is a fracture in one of the metatarsal bones in the foot. Usually, the second metatarsal bone is affected. These injuries occur suddenly and can come from hard training and strain for an extended period. Marching fracture is most common in people who exercise a lot or have osteoporosis.

Symptoms of marching fracture are a pain in the forefoot when walking and increased pain during exercise. At an early stage, the pain often comes and goes. Sometimes the foot also swells up, and there is pain at rest.


The treatment for marching fracture is that we need to prevent a relapse. In the acute phase, the foot must be relieved so that healing goes as quickly as possible. The walking pattern has to be corrected to come on the structures supposed to receive the load to avoid recurrence.

Treatment step by step

  • First, we go through the cause of the problem. We look at the posture of the foot.
  • Then strength and mobility tests are performed on the feet.
  • We treat the joints that do not move as they should.
  • Then we have a basis on how we should treat the feet.
  • For marching fracture, the foot must be treated so that the load gets where it should. It is usually the base of the big toe that does not bend during the load that makes compensations over the foot. There are often calluses under the toe that is injured and overloaded.
  • The treatment is done with a device called StretchPower. With the help of a bar, we expose the lower leg to pressure so that the ankle is bent, mobility increases, and the error is corrected. Before the treatment begins, we put it in the correct position in StretchPower to get the desired effect on the treatment.
  • After the treatment, we go through how you walk and use your gait. The walking pattern always needs to be corrected so that you start using your feet in the right way and bring out the function of the foot when you walk.

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