Stress fractures are commonly seen in people engaging in high-impact activities such as running and gymnastics. A fracture will occur when the body is unable to repair itself in time to accept additional repetitive forces (i.e. marathon running). Pelvic imbalances will also create a condition where specific areas of the lower extremity are being forced to handle greater impact. Common sites of stress fracture include: the hip (femur), leg (tibia), heel (calcaneus), and foot (metatarsals).
Doctor's Treatment Plan
The doctors will take an x-ray of the affected area, and in some cases a bone-scan, to find the exact site of fracture. Focus is then on rapid bone-healing through ultrasound. Flexibility stretches and non-weight-bearing exercises will be employed immediately to allow the athlete to return to activity quicker,
with minimal de-training effects.
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