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Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks in the bone, which develop from overuse.

Must Know About This

  • This condition is often associated with runners, gymnastics, dance, and basketball.
  • When muscles are tired, for example, when an individual runs long distances, they are no longer able to lessen the shock of repeated impacts and must transfer the stress to bones, which can then become overloaded and susceptible to stress fractures.
  • Poor biomechanical form, especially for runners, can make someone much more susceptible to stress fractures.

Good to Know About This

  • Stiff shoes and shoes with high heels cause excessive stress to be placed on the metatarsals.
  • These fractures occur in the weight-bearing bones of the foot, especially the metatarsals, and in the tibia and fibula.
  • Rest is the key to recovery, usually 4-12 weeks, depending upon the severity and location.