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).
Can you walk on 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. During recovery, wear comfortable, supportive shoes without a raised heel.
What does an ankle fracture feel like?
Ankle Fracture Symptoms
Pain is the most common complaint. Often the pain will not come from the exact area of the fracture. You may experience associated fractures of your foot (especially on the side of the small toe) or knee that also cause pain. It is usually pain in the ankle that stops you from walking.
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.