Common questions

What is an incomplete stress fracture?

What is an incomplete stress fracture?

Stress fractures are small, incomplete fractures (breaks) in bones that result from repeated stress rather than a distinct injury. (See also Overview of Sports Injuries. Certain injuries that are traditionally considered sports injuries can also occur in people who do not participate… read more .)

What does a metatarsal stress fracture feel like?

Pain, aching, and tenderness that worsens during and after physical activity or movement. Relief from pain during periods of rest. Swelling on the ankle or top of your foot. Bruising and swelling at the site of the stress fracture.

How is a metatarsal stress fracture treated?

Treatment of a metatarsal stress fracture requires a period of rest from your activity, usually at least 3-4 weeks. If there is pain with daily activities, you may need to use crutches or a walking boot for a short time until you can walk comfortably without pain. Ice can be helpful in reducing pain.

How are incomplete fractures treated?

The physician will try to mend the bones back together and stabilize them with a plastic or fiberglass cast to keep them immobile while they heal, as the most common bone fracture treatment. During the healing process, new bone will form around the edges of the broken pieces to reconnect them.

Do you need 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.

How do you fix a hairline fracture?

Treatment. The majority of hairline fractures will heal by themselves if the person refrains from activities that put a strain on the affected area. For the first 24 to 48 hours, a person can help the healing process by elevating the affected area and applying ice where possible.