What Causes Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures are a common athletic overuse injury. You are more likely to get stress fractures if you play a sport that involves a lot of running and/or jumping on hard surfaces.
You are also more likely to get stress fractures if you significantly increase the intensity of your exercise in a short timeframe. Weight-bearing and high-impact exercise does help build stronger bones, but it takes time for them to adapt to higher force loads. When you go too hard, too soon, bone tissue gets destroyed faster than it can be replaced, leading to breakdowns.
Soccer players trying to quickly make up for neglected off-season training, runners who significantly increase their mileage week over week, and new military recruits are all good examples of athletes at high risk of stress fractures.
Other risk factors can include:
- Biomechanical imbalance (such as flat arches)
- Weak bones due to osteoporosis or lack of activity
- Poor nutrition, especially deficiencies in Vitamin D and calcium
If you don’t treat them properly and allow them to fully heal, stress fractures will only get worse. In fact, they may become more serious, complete breaks. So please call the Colorado Center for Podiatric Sports Medicine at (720) 600-3380 for an evaluation today