When too much pressure is put on a bone, it can break. A stress fracture is a hairline crack.
- Intense pain
- Swelling, bruising
- Visibly out of place or misshapen
- Limited mobility
- Doctors will immobilize the bone with a splint or cast.
- Surgery may be necessary to implant fixation devices such as plates, rods or screws. This can be necessary if your bones don’t line up, there are multiple fractures, damage to ligaments, the fracture extends into the joint or there are loose bone fragments.