You're likely to start by seeing your primary care provider. If you are a competitive athlete, you might go directly to a doctor who specializes in musculoskeletal problems.
What you can do
Before the appointment, make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including any that seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment
- Key personal information, including your level and type of physical activity and whether you've increased training recently
- All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.
For stress fractures, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- Do I need to stop my activity? For how long?
- Should I see a specialist?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:
- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have you recently increased your physical activity?
- Have you broken bones in the past?
- Do you have regular menstrual periods?
- Do you take vitamin D and calcium supplements?
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- deWeber, K. Overview of stress fractures. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed June 30, 2016.
- Stress fractures. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00112. Accessed June 30, 2016.
- Stress fractures. American College of Sports Medicine. http://www.acsm.org/search-results?q=stress%20fractures. Accessed June 30, 2016.