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Leg Stress Fracture, Tibia

A hairline fracture of the tibia that develops after repeated stress, such as prolonged standing, marching, running, jogging or walking.

Body Parts Involved

  • Tibia (large bone In the lower leg).
  • Soft tissue around the fracture site, Including muscles, joints, nerves, tendons, ligaments, periosteum (covering to bone), blood vessels and connective tissue.


Fatigue of the tibia bone caused by repeated overload.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain at the fracture site that lessens or disappears when the load is taken off the legs.
  • Tenderness to the touch.
  • Warmth over the site of the fractured tibia.


Note: Follow your doctor's Instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

First Aid:- None. This injury develops gradually.

Continuing Care

  • This fracture does not require setting (realignment) because the fractured bone is not displaced.
  • Immobilization is sometimes required. if so, a rigid walking cast is placed around the lower leg.
  • After cast removal, use frequent ice massage. Fill a large Styrofoam cup with water and freeze. Tear a small amount of loam from the top so ice protrudes. Massage firmly over the injured area in a circle about the size of a baseball. Do this for 15 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day, and before workouts or competition.
  • Apply  heat instead of ice, if it feels better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, healing pads, and heat liniments or ointments.
  • Take whirlpool treatments, if available.
  • Massage gently and often to provide comfort and decrease swelling.


Your doctor may prescribe:

  • Narcotic or synthetic narcotic pain relievers for severe pain.
  • Stool softeners to prevent constipation due to inactivity.
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (available without prescription) for mild pain after initial treatment.

Home Diet

During recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.

Diagnostic Measures

  • Your own observation of symptoms.
  • Medical history and physical exam by a doctor.
  • X-rays of the lower leg. X-rays are often normal for 10 to 24 days after symptoms begin before bone changes appear.
  • Radioactive technetium 99 scan (see Glossary), if symptoms are typical but X-rays
    are negative.
Prevention Tips
  • Heed early warnings of an impending fracture, such as log pain during or after extended standing, walking or running. Reduce activities before a fraction occurs.
  • Ensure an adequate calcium intake (1000mg to 1500mg a day) with milk and milk product or calcium supplements.


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