A stress fracture happens when your muscles get worn out from too much activity and too little rest. As a result, the body cannot keep up, and the energy transfers to your bones, causing a hairline crack, or fracture.
At Aurora Health Care, our expert care helps you get back in the game – and back to life as usual – as quickly as possible. We care for a large number of active people and athletes, which only increases our ability to accurately detect the subtle signs of a stress fracture.
Our sports medicine team then personalizes treatments to meet your unique needs. In fact, we offer a complete range of treatments to our patients, including orthotics (special shoe inserts), physical therapy and surgery.
Few things are as disruptive to an active lifestyle as an injury like a stress fracture. At Aurora Health Care, we deliver exceptional sports medicine care that helps you get back to the activities you love.
Highlights of our program include:
A stress fracture is a common running injury. However, any activity where your feet repeatedly pound against hard surfaces – including basketball and gymnastics – can cause a stress fracture.
Each person experiences stress fracture symptoms a little differently, but the symptoms almost always include pain. However, you might not feel the pain right away. If you are a runner, the symptoms you experience and how you experience them depends on your specific running routine – how fast you run, how often and how long.
Other symptoms include:
Our orthopedic and sports medicine experts can often diagnose a stress fracture based on your symptoms alone. But to rule out other conditions, we also perform a complete evaluation.
During an exam, we:
Find out more about orthopedic diagnosis at Aurora.
Your treatment may include sitting out from the activity that caused the fracture for six to eight weeks. The good news is that you may be able to participate in activities that do not cause pain. For example, if you need a break from running, you may be able to swim or ride a bike.
Additional treatments can help you stay comfortable as you heal and make a smooth transition back to your favorite sport or activity. These treatments may include: