An ankle stress fracture is a tiny crack in an ankle bone, usually caused by overuse and repetitive activity. Stress fractures are common in runners and athletes who participate in running sports, like soccer and basketball.
Stress fractures can also happen when you try a new exercise or work out more intensely. If your bones are weak from osteoporosis or other diseases, everyday activities can cause a stress fracture.
A stress fracture can turn into a completely broken bone if it’s not treated.