Stress fractures will usually not be obvious on X-ray in the early stages despite symptoms. Usually, it takes several weeks for signs to show using this method. They will however, be more likely spotted using MRI.
Bones take 6-8 weeks on average to heal and depending on the severity of the stress fracture, treatments tend to include:
- Refrain from running and reduce impacting activities
- Use of cushioned running shoes for shock absorbency
- Air cast boot
- Use of crutches
Once symptoms have disappeared then a slow and gradual return to activities is advised. On occasions, the fracture will not heal and surgical intervention is required to unite the bone with fixation during the healing process.