Preparing for your appointment

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?