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.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
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