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A stress fracture is a common sports injury that often occurs in weight-bearing bones, such as the tibia or the bones in the foot. There are typically only a few symptoms related to stress fractures: either a generalized area of pain and tenderness when the bone is bearing weight or severe pain during heavy exercise. Darkening or bruising may also be seen on the skin at the site of a stress fracture.
Our sports medicine expert says that anyone who suspects that they’re suffering from a stress fracture should make an appointment as soon as possible because healing will take much longer if someone with a stress fracture continues to put weight on that bone. Additionally, if the injury is left untreated, it could get worse.
The treatment and recovery time for a stress fracture can vary and will be based on its severity and location. However, a period of rest is almost always required for complete healing.