Forces that can cause a stress fracture could include repeatedly jumping up and down or running long distances.

Swelling and pain that worsen over time are symptoms.

Treatment includes a walking boot, brace, or crutches to reduce the bone's weight-bearing load.

A tiny crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging often required

Medium-term: resolves within months

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