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A 32-year-old male asked:

I had a high ankle sprain(2) and i did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. then, i did 6 weeks' exercise. i found out that i had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. why didn't it heal?

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Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Depends: Stress fractures may take 6-8 weeks to heal. Always look for predisposing factors. Typically think of a stress factor as an over use injury so look for alignment issues such foot pronation, excessive supination, leg length discrepancy, pelvic obliquity and muscle imbalances that can be corrected. Also vitamin d deficiency or other issues that might be related to osteopenia /osteoporosis.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary.

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Last updated Feb 26, 2017

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