Leg Stress Fracture, Fibula Injury
A stress fracture is an overuse injury. It occurs when muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb shock and repeated impacts. Over time the fatigued muscle transfers this stress to the bone, resulting in a small crack (a stress fracture).A hairline fracture of the fibula that develops after repeated stress, such as prolonged standing, marching, running, jogging or walking.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED
Fatigue of the fibula bone caused by repeated overload.
Signs & Symptoms
The most important treatment for a stress fracture is rest. Individuals need to rest from the activity that caused the stress fracture, and engage in a pain-free activity during the six to eight weeks it takes most stress fractures to heal.
If the activity that caused the stress fracture is resumed too quickly, larger, more persistent stress fractures can develop. Re-injury also could lead to chronic problems where the stress fracture might never heal properly.
Working with a physical therapist during later stages of healing may be beneficial. The therapist can help you balance a slow increase in activity from non-weight-bearing activities - such as water exercise - to partial-weight-bearing exercises to a gradual return to impact activities. They also may instruct you in lower leg strength and stability exercises and can assess the need for arch supports (foot orthotics), which fit into your shoes.
Your doctor may prescribe:
During recovery,eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.
Any injury that does not respond to treatment in 1-2 weeks may be more serious. Always consult a physician for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.
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