What Is a Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures are a type of overuse injury that commonly occur in athletes. Overuse, improper or ill-fitting equipment, and unfamiliar terrain can all contribute to the formation of a stress fracture. When a stress fracture occurs, stress from an outside force is transferred through a weakened or damaged muscle to the bone beneath it, causing a fracture. Stress fractures primarily affect the lower legs because of their weight-bearing function. Symptoms include pain that increases with activity and subsides with rest. A doctor will diagnose a stress fracture via imaging such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Rest and appliances such as braces or orthotic inserts allow the fracture to heal before activities can be resumed.

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At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, we specialize in treating stress fractures and other sports-induced injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons are here to help diagnose and treat your pain to allow you to return to the activities you love. Check us out on the web or call our NYC office today at (866) 650-8063 to schedule your appointment with  Dr. David  Toturgu l, our new sports medicine specialist.

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