Signs and Symptoms of Tibia Stress Fracture

Have you been suffering from pain in your lower leg that is seemingly unrelated to any trauma? There is a good chance that you have sustained a stress fracture. This injury occurs most commonly in the tibia, or shinbone.fracture

Since stress fractures develop over time, you may not even realize you are injured. Knowing the nature and symptoms of this condition will help you understand what’s happening and what treatment is required.

What causes tibia stress fractures?

Tibia stress fractures are usually caused by overuse. Athletes in fields that involve a lot of running and jumping, such as track and field, basketball or soccer, are particularly susceptible to this type of injury. Individuals who begin a workout program and do too much too soon can also develop fractures. Normal activities can result in fractures if bones are weakened by osteoporosis.

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain begins at a mild level but increases in intensity as time goes by. It usually lessens during periods of rest and resumes with activity. You may also feel throbbing or aching late at night.
  • Your shin may be tender and swollen directly over the point of fracture.
  • Inflammatory response to the fracture can cause heat to emanate from the affected area.

Diagnosis and treatment

Tibia stress fractures take a long time to show up on an x-ray. An MRI provides a detailed image that makes it easier to differentiate between stress fractures and soft tissue injuries.

Reducing the weight load is key to treating tibia stress fractures, so rest is important. Depending on the injury and your lifestyle, your orthopaedic physician may prescribe a walking boot or crutches. Applying ice to the point of injury can help reduce swelling.

Do you suspect that you may be dealing with a tibia stress fracture? Be sure to seek treatment immediately to prevent the injury from becoming more serious. Contact Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery to schedule an appointment.

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