Stress Fractures

The term 'stress fractures' refers to tiny, often microscopic, cracks in the bone that develop through repetitive strains. Often, this is caused by overuse or by a repetitive activity, like jumping. Stress fractures also can arise from normal use of a bone that's been weakened, as in osteoporosis.

Stress fractures are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot, including the:

Track and field athletes are particularly susceptible to stress fractures, but anyone can be effected. If you're starting a new exercise program, for example, you may be at risk if you do too much too soon. A physiotherapist can provide advice on ways to increase exercise with minimal risk of injury.


6 January, 2012