Everything to know about Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack or bruising in a bone. If you train too much and don’t recover well with sleep and food, your body isn’t able to keep up with the stresses making your bones weaker. Eventually your bones can get so weak it will lead to a fracture.

Causes

Stress fractures usually happen when your recovery process and amount of stress on your bones don’t match up. Meaning, too much training and not enough rest to recover after. This usually happens when you take part in sports or exercises a lot more than you’re used to because your bones can’t fully heal before your next session.

Runners are one of the athletes that experience stress fractures the most because of the repetitive motions. The increased stress could come from increasing your mileage or switching to a lighter pair of running shoes. The body might not be used to the impact force so the bones can’t adapt. For runners, stress fractures are most common in shin bones, thigh bones or foot bones.

Recovery

Stopping the amount of high impact activity you are doing for a period of time is the key to recovering from a stress fracture. Returning to activities too quickly can delay the healing process and increase your risk for a complete fracture. It’s important to have patience and not push through as you will make the situation worse.

The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and allow the fracture to heal so that you can return to your activities. Treatment will vary depending on the location of the stress fracture and its severity. Consulting your doctor and a kinesiologist will help you get an idea of what you should be doing for recovery. A kinesiologist can assess your injury and create a recovery plan for you to get you back to participating in exercise safely.

At Fleming Fitness, we have a team of experienced and certified kinesiologists ready to help you with your stress fracture or any other injury you may be experiencing. Contact us to find out more about our services!

 

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