How do I know if I have a stress fracture?

Most people know to be wary of cracks in the bones, but you may wonder, “How do I know if I have a stress fracture?” The symptoms are your clues. Stress fractures are overuse injuries, so usually the symptoms develop over time. You’ll notice an increasing discomfort when you put pressure on the affected limb. Usually, you feel the pain in a specific spot on the foot. The pain will also decrease when you rest, releasing the pressure on the foot.

However, to truly identify the problem, you’ll need to have your foot examined. Our staff here at Sierra Foot & Ankle will use a variety of tests and diagnostic images to determine if you have a crack in a bone or not. Stress fractures are often difficult to see on X-rays, but images can confirm the diagnosis in many cases. If you’re concerned that you may have a stress fracture, don’t wait for the problem to get worse to seek help. Contact us here in Carson City, NV, for an appointment -- we also have an office in Gardnerville, NV. You can submit a request through our website or call us directly at (775) 783-8037.