Can you reopen a stress fracture?
The worst choices for resumed activity while you recover from a foot or ankle stress fracture are running or even walking on hard surfaces. You can easily reopen your fracture and have to begin the recovery process again.
How does a doctor diagnose a stress fracture?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI is considered the best way to diagnose stress fractures. It can visualize lower grade stress injuries (stress reactions) before an X-ray shows changes. This type of test is also better able to distinguish between stress fractures and soft tissue injuries.
What happens if you never treat a stress fracture?
If a stress fracture is not treated, the fracture may get worse. It can heal improperly, lead to arthritis or may even need surgery. Definitely do not ignore the pain. Ignoring the pain can lead to serious problems in the future, so it is important to see your doctor when you start feeling the pain.
Can a stress fracture come on suddenly?
This can happen whenever you suddenly and often drastically change the intensity or duration of your workout. Some people may find that they develop stress fractures while on holiday, since people find themselves walking around far more than they usually do on a regular basis.
How can I tell if my stress fracture is healing?
Once your pain has subsided, your doctor may confirm that the stress fracture has healed by taking x-rays. A computed tomography (CT) scan can also be useful in determining healing, especially in bones where the fracture line was initially hard to see.
Do you have to wear a boot for a stress fracture?
Rest is the key to the initial treatment of a stress fracture. You may need a walking boot or brace along with a cast or crutches to help rest the injured area and limit the amount of weight bearing allowed. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen are useful to help with inflammation and pain.