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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kavanagh, Mark L., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 6 Brighton Road, Clifton
61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about stress fractures

  • Click to enlarge Stress fractures are a result of long-term overuse, such as running or jumping.
  • Symptoms may include pain, swelling, and bruising.

what is a stress fracture?

A stress fracture is a crack in a bone caused by repeated or prolonged use. The most common sites for a stress fracture are bones in the foot, leg, hip, and back.

how is a stress fracture diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group foot and ankle specialist will examine the injured area to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the damage. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

The treatment depends on the type of fracture.

  • You may need to have a cast, splint, or removable boot for several weeks.
    • If you have a cast, make sure the cast does not get wet. Cover the cast with plastic when you bathe. Avoid scratching the skin around the cast or poking things down between the cast and your skin. This could cause an infection.
    • Your care team will tell you how much weight you can put on the injured area, if any. Use crutches, a knee walker, or a cane as directed by your healthcare team.
  • Sometimes surgery is needed to put the bones back into place and to make them stronger.

The time it takes for your stress fracture to heal depends on the location. You may need physical therapy and special exercises to help you get stronger and more flexible. 

how can i manage stress fracture?

  • Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes.
  • The most important treatment for a stress fracture is rest. If you are a runner, run only if you don’t have any pain.
  • To keep swelling down and help relieve pain, your healthcare provider may tell you to:
    • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the injured area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time for the first day or two after the injury.
    • If the injury is to your arm or leg, keep your arm or leg up on pillows when you sit or lie down.
    • Take pain medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your provider. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, you should not take this medicine for more than 10 days.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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