Treatment approach for stress fractures of the lower leg

Are there differences in surgical vs. conservative treatment for high-risk stress fractures of the lower leg?

Stress fractures usually appear in the lower leg due to repetitive loading and high-impact forces. Particularly vulnerable areas include the anterior tibial cortex, navicular bone, and proximal fifth metatarsal – all of which are susceptible to complications including delayed or non-union. The goal of the following systematic review is to compare surgical and conservative treatment for these high-risk stress fractures.


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