A hairline fracture is a small crack in a bone that develops as a result of weakened bones (osteoporosis), too much activity too quickly, improper exercise techniques, change in running surface, and improper or worn out shoe wear.

Many times, a hairline fracture cannot be seen on a x-ray for several weeks after a patient develops pain. A CT scan, bone scan or an MRI can be used to diagnose a hairline fracture when it is not visible on an x-ray.

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