Stress fracture

Overview

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone caused by repetitive application of force, often by overuse. Such force could include repeatedly jumping up and down or running long distances.

Symptoms

Swelling and pain that worsen over time are symptoms.

Treatments

Treatment includes a walking boot, brace, or crutches to reduce the bone's weight-bearing load.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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