Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone caused by repetitive force and over-use. Most commonly, running and jumping involves the right kind of force to cause stress fractures. Weak bones caused by conditions such as osteoporosis can also lead to stress fractures.
The tricky thing with stress fractures, as well as most over-use injuries, is that it can be barely noticeable and become extremely painful quickly. Prevention is the best way to keep stress fractures from occurring or reoccurring. Having the appropriate shoes for an activity that fit well is important. When in a training program, taking your time to let your body adjust slowly to the activities will allow the bones to adjust to the force put on them as they go through the cycle of resorption and regrowth.
Sometimes, mechanical problems such as over-pronation, over-supination, or having flat or too high arches, can necessitate custom orthotics.
Some common symptoms of stress fractures are:
- Earlier onset of pain with continuous exercising
- Pain even while at rest
- Increased pain with activity
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