You're likely to first bring your concerns to the attention of your family doctor. 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, you may want to write a list that answers the following questions:
- Does any activity make your symptoms better or worse?
- What other types of medical problems do you have?
- If you're a woman, are you having regular menstrual periods?
- What types of medicines and supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- When did your symptoms begin?
- What types of sports and activities do you enjoy?
- Have you recently increased your physical activity?
- Have you experienced broken bones in the past?
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- Stress fractures of the foot and ankle. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00379. Accessed June 6, 2013.
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