How long do stress fractures take to heal? Most stress fractures heal in about six to eight weeks, the amount of time it typically takes the body to generate new bone cells to repair the tiny cracks in the bone.
What happens if a stress fracture goes untreated? If a stress fracture is not treated, the fracture may get worse. It can heal improperly, lead to arthritis or may even need surgery. Definitely do not ignore the pain. Ignoring the pain can lead to serious problems in the future, so it is important to see your doctor when you start feeling the pain.
Can you walk off a stress fracture? Doctors do not recommend walking when you have a stress fracture because it may reopen the partially healed fracture, and you may have to begin the recovery process again. Although you can walk, doctors would recommend staying away from hard surfaces and not walking long distances.
Can a stress fracture heal without rest? “Individuals need to have a complete rest from the activity that caused the stress fracture, and engage in a pain-free activity during the six to eight weeks it takes most stress fractures to heal.” If running is resumed too soon, larger fractures can develop which can lead to chronic problems in the bone.