Symptoms of stress fractures of the ankle may include pain and swelling. These symptoms may not be noticeable at first, but may arise and worsen with continued overuse of the ankle. Symptoms may also be more noticeable during activities involved with the ankle and may subside during rest.
Your doctor will typically begin diagnosis for stress fractures of the ankle with a physical examination. The doctor will look for swelling and tenderness, as well as your range of motion and signs of pain. In most cases, however, imaging tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis, these may include:
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- Bone scan
- CT scan (computerized tomography)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)