Stress fractures are more common in women. Things that may raise the risk of this fracture are:
- A sudden increase in activity
- Not getting enough rest between physical activities
- Playing sports that involve running and jumping, such as track and field, tennis, gymnastics, and basketball
- Having female athlete triad
- Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis and Paget disease
- Low levels of vitamin D and calcium
- Alcohol use disorder
It can take six to eight weeks for a stress fracture to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the bone as it heals. Options may be:
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Shoe inserts or braces to help a foot or leg stress fracture heal
- Crutches or a cane to keep weight off off of a foot or leg stress fracture
- Exercises to help with muscle strength and range of motion will be needed.
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