A stress fracture is a tiny fracture in the bone that doesn’t cause the bone to move. It’s caused by repeated stress over time. Instead of resulting from a single severe impact, stress fractures are the result of accumulated trauma from repeated loading, such as running or jumping or over training.
A low risk stress fracture will typically heal on its own and may not even require any time spent in plaster or on crutches. Low risk stress fractures can occur in the shin, the foot and the hand including the wrist.
The most common symptom of a stress fracture in the foot, ankle or hand is pain. The pain usually develops gradually and worsens during weight-bearing activity. Swelling on the top of the foot or on the outside of the ankle or it can be tender to touch at the site of the fracture. An X-Ray will determine the fracture although if only a hairline stress fracture then it could easily be missed.
Sports therapy and physio can help speed up the healing process with RockBlades and Soft Tissue Massage to encourage blood flow and stimulate repair. Taping can also provide stability yet still enable movement. A set of gentle exercises will be recommended which will help you recover, regain your strength and get you back to your physical activity before you know it.