Jul 30, 2014
Stress fractures are an overuse injury that we see most commonly in the leg. 50% of all stress fractures are found in the weight bearing bones whether it be of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) or in the foot itself.
A stress fracture is the result of excessive stress through a particular region. Soft tissues in the area get overloaded and transfer their stress to the bone resulting intially in a stress reaction in the bone. With continued load a stress farcture will appear.
Generally stress fractures occur when an athlete has a sudden increase in training loads. Other facors such as a change in footwear, training on unfamiliar surfaces or increase in intensity of training can also result in this injury.
Easily the most common sport we tend to see stress fractures in is running due to repetitive impact of the foot striking the ground. Other common sports include tennis, basketball & gymnastics.
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