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.
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.
How do you detect a stress fracture?
Doctors can sometimes diagnose a stress fracture from a medical history and a physical exam, but imaging tests are often needed.
- X-rays. Stress fractures often can’t be seen on regular X-rays taken shortly after your pain begins.
- Bone scan.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Do stress fractures heal on their own?
Stress fractures can be grouped into “low risk” and “high risk” categories: A low risk stress fracture will typically heal on its own just fine, and may not even require any time spent in a boot or on crutches. A high risk stress fracture, however, is one in an area which is known to heal poorly.