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Stress Fractures

What is a Stress Fracture?

A Stress Fracture is one of the most common sports injuries and although they can occur in many of the bones within the body, they are most common in the lower leg and foot. 

Stress Fractures have three main causes. 

Cause 1. When the muscles are fatigued and can no longer absorb stress.  This stress is then transferred into the bones which causes tiny cracks to form in the bone.

Cause 2. Repetitive impact while using improper footwear or form.

Cause 3.  Weakened bones due to osteoporosis.

If you have a Stress Fracture the most common symptom is pain or sensitivity in a specific area during activity. 

The Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OSS Health have helped thousands of patients with stress fractures return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is a Stress Fracture Treated at OSS Health?

Surgery is rarely ever needed for a Stress Fracture and rest and bracing are the most commonly used treatments for Stress Fractures.  Most Stress Fractures heal within 6-8 weeks if they are rested properly. However, if not given the chance to heal the fracture may not completely heal and cause continued complications.

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