A stress fracture is a common sports injury, often occurring in weight-bearing bones, such as the tibia or the bones in the foot. There are typically only a few symptoms related to stress fractures:
- Either a generalized area of pain and tenderness when the bone is bearing weight
- Or severe pain during heavy exercise.
- Darkening or bruising can often be seen on the skin at the site of a stress fracture.
We understand the eagerness to return to activity as soon as possible when suffering an injury, especially in the case of athletes. However, it is dangerous and counterproductive to return to play before a stress fracture has time to heal. Healing will not progress if someone with a stress fracture continues to put weight on the fractured bone. This can cause the injury to worsen, and further complications may arise.
Treatment and recovery time varies based on the severity of the foot or ankle stress fracture, but a period of rest is almost always required for complete healing.
If you suspect you may be suffering from a stress fracture of the foot or ankle, contact a DMOS foot and ankle physician today.
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