Stress Fracture (cont.)
- Conservative therapy with limited weight bearing, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications often result in healing within a few weeks.
- Patients who fail conservative therapy may need surgery to repair the fracture.
- Individuals who have had one stress fracture are at risk for developing a subsequent stress fracture.
- Development of another stress fracture is possible when the activity that caused the previous injury is resumed, especially if risk factors have not been reduced (by modifications in type and intensity of exercise, change in footwear, muscle strengthening exercises, etc.).
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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