A stress fracture is caused by unusual or repeated stress and continuous weight on the ankle. Typically a stress fracture occurs in weight-bearing bones, for example the tibia (bone of the lower leg) and metatarsals (bones of the foot). The best way to diagnose a stress fracture is to see your physican. A CT scan, MRI, or 3-phase bone scan will be a more effective way to diagnose a stress factor rather than an X-ray.
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