How can you tell if you have a stress fracture in your foot?
The symptoms of a stress fracture include the following:
- Minor pain and/or weakness in the area where the break is located.
- Pain deep within the foot, ankle, or toe.
- “Pinpoint pain” (tenderness at the site of the fracture when it is touched).
- Swelling on top of the foot or in the ankle.
Can you walk with a stress fracture in the foot?
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. During recovery, wear comfortable, supportive shoes without a raised heel.
What do you do for a stress fracture in your foot?
How is a stress fracture treated?
- Stop the activity that is causing pain.
- Apply an ice pack to the injured area.
- Rest for 1 to 6 weeks.
- When you are lying down, raise your foot above the level of your heart.
- Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to help relieve pain and swelling.
How long does a stress fracture in the foot take to heal?
In addition to the RICE protocol and anti-inflammatory medication, your doctor may recommend that you use crutches to keep weight off your foot until the pain subsides. Other recommendations for nonsurgical treatment may include: Modified activities. It typically takes from 6 to 8 weeks for a stress fracture to heal.
Can you self diagnose a stress fracture?
Your GP or physiotherapist will take a thorough look at your history and after a number of clinical tests will be able to diagnose a stress fracture. Although sometimes helpful, X-rays often won’t detect a stress fracture in the early stages.
What happens if a fracture is left untreated?
When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.
Do you have to wear a boot for a stress fracture?
If you have a stress fracture, it is important to immediately rest, ice, compress, and elevate the foot. Whether you have a stress fracture in your metatarsals, shin or ankle, wearing a walking boot can help protect it from further injury. It can take 6-8 weeks to heel depending on the severity of your stress fracture.
Can you walk on a hairline fracture?
In some cases, a doctor may recommend protective footwear, a splint, or the use of crutches to minimise strain placed on the fractured bone during movement. In rare cases, a hairline fracture can be severe enough to warrant surgery if it does not heal on its own.
How do I know if my stress fracture is healing?
What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?
- Pain during a run that gets worse as you go.
- A sharp pain that you can pinpoint on a bony area, it might feel tender to touch.
- Pain when resting.
- Swelling on the top of the foot or on the outside of the ankle.
- Changes to your running form.