What is a Stress Fracture?
- A stress fracture is an overuse injury resulting from repetitive forces that are directed to weight bearing bones.
- Stress fractures are most common in the tibia, fibula and foot.
What Causes a Stress Fracture?
- These injuries occur when the stress to that area increases too quickly before the bone has a chance to adapt to changes.
- The bones weaken due to too much activity and pain develops.
- Lower leg stress fractures are common among runners who train too much, too quickly.
What are the Symptoms?
- Pain over a bone after activity that progresses to pain during activity.
- Pain over a bone with activity and with normal daily activities.
What Can I Do to Feel Better?
- Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
- Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time.
When Should I See a Medical Professional?
- If rest and ice are not improving the condition.
- If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.
- There are many contributing factors to this injury and if you suspect you may be suffering from a stress fracture, discontinue activity and seek medical care.